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What a good short story should do — Alice Munro Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Is this the worst sentence of the year?

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

A CHAIN STORY for you to write….your go next

Same rules as last time…write up to two sentences at a time (and remember that Go! is a perfectly good sentence). You can have as many turns as you like … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 11 Comments

Five minutes is better than no minutes — Quotes for Writes (and people who like quotes)

Five minutes of writing a day is better than no minutes. Too many new writers think that unless they have plenty of time, it’s not worth booting up the computer … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write for Radio and TV

TV and radio drama brings great stories to life like nothing else. From Radio 4’s Afternoon Play to peak-time drama on the TV networks, audiences love to lose themselves in … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Our weird and wonderful chain story

One Week 13 writers (+ me) 29 comments Here’s the result….probably won’t win any prizes, but if you like pulsating purple orbes and moving dead bodies, read on. How did  … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Quotes for the People of Paris, for Everyone

Every Sunday I post a quote from a writer, usually about writing, sometimes about the bigger world we all inhabit. That didn’t seem appropriate after the events in Paris on … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

What not to do if you want to be published

If you are thinking of submitting a manuscript to a publisher or agent you really should read this list of 29 DON’Ts from Carole Blake of the Blake Friedmann Literary … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing a chain story together – your turn

I’m not teaching at the moment – I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy’s course Write a Prize Winning Story last … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 30 Comments

Not everyone can – or should – be a ballet dancer or a writer – Joanne Harris Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The truth is, not everyone can – or should – be a writer, in the same way that not everyone can or should be an accountant, or a ballet dancer, … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The FIVE best unreliable narrators in fiction (according to me)

As readers we tend to be on the side of the narrator. We trust what he or she  says – we have no one else to tell us what happened … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · 6 Comments

DO YOU KNOW where the word spam comes from?

An actor named Kenneth Daigneau won a competition to name the new tinned meat product. His suggestion is supposed to be a blend of spiced and ham. Then, in the 1970s, the … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

What novels can teach you – Barrack Obama Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

… the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels…It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

GHOST Characters

This article has suddenly appeared from the archives, wailing and rattling chains… Ghost Character is a phrase used by academics for characters  listed in a Shakespeare play but who don’t … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

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