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Erica Jong – author of the groundbreaking The Fear-of-Flying – on when she was too scared to finish any passage of writing. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged…I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Should Writing Success Always Be Counted in Money?

I’m delighted to hand over my blog today to American writer Cara Lopez Lee who should win the prize for the best ever title of a memoir: They Only Eat … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 11 Comments

Four Counties Poetry Competition – work here, live here, study here, be born here and you qualify…

For the very first time Rottingdean Writers’ Group is running a competition specially designed for poets connected to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The judge is John McCullough, academic and … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doris Lessing on the art of reading well — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Margaret Atwood on the problems of knowing what’s going to happen next… Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

A new type of publisher is doing something new for women writers

Unbound is a revolutionary new way to get books published. Founded by three authors, John Mitchinson, Justin Pollard and Dan Kieran, all their titles are crowdfunded.   Authors pitch their book … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Book?

Originally posted on artycappuccino:
Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Book? A picture book by Lauren Child There are lots of things which author and illustrator Lauren Child does (not…

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five Tips for writing flash fiction plus one inspirational exercise that will deliver a plot to your keyboard

I originally wrote this post for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing competition earlier this year. Flash Fiction goes by many names: micro … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

Terry Pratchett on old women and misleading covers — quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I do note with interest that old women in my books become young women on the covers… this is discrimination against the chronologically gifted. Terry Pratchett photo credit: donielle via … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Happy Halloween – an Irish festival

Halloween dates back at least two thousand years to the Celtic festival of Samhain marking the start of winter, a cold, dark and dangerous time.  It began at sunset on … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 8 Comments

You’ve got 24 hours to tweet a scary story

To enter this international writing competition run by the literary magazine The Penny Dreadful all you have to do is tweet a one line horror story with the hashtag #PDHorror. … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

What if Someone Secretly Made a Film of Your Life…? The question that launched a self-published novel the Daily Mirror called ‘one of this year’s must-reads’

Cinema Lumière ‘A magical, thought-provoking and uplifting tale … one of this year’s must-reads’ –Daily Mirror  ‘A stunning debut. Made me laugh out loud, cry … and ache with recognition’ … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

A short story is a fiendish device: Sci Fi writer Michael Swanwick — Quotes for Writers (and People who like Quotes)

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Laureate for Irish Fiction just gets better and better…

Originally posted on Irish Writing Blog:
Anne Enright, one of 34 authors on the longlist for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction (Image: The Guardian) A longlist of 34 authors…

October 22, 2014 · 2 Comments
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