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The law of reversed effort as explained by Aldous Huxley — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Take the piano teacher, for example. He always says, Relax, relax. But how can you relax while your fingers are rushing over the keys? Yet they have to relax. The … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Entering Contests

Originally posted on Live to Write – Write to Live:
In 2005, I won a local writing contest; as a result, I’ve frequently been asked to judge it. (image:…

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

What it means to be a writer – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

How self-published authors can stop shooting themselves in the foot

A lot of self-published authors ruin the book they have worked so hard to create by thinking they can design their own cover. Many want to shoehorn in a lot … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

A survey for marginalised writers, artists and creative people

Creative Future –  an inspirational organisation based in south-east England but with a national reach – is researching the barriers that marginalised and disabled artists face in the UK when … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 10 Comments

Writing in Portugal – an update

September in Portugal – hours of sunshine, hours of writing under a big sky, a chance to experience a different side of Portuguese life…good company and good conversation about books … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why books are better at slow motion than film….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Watching a scene from a film in slow motion is possible, but there’s an unreal air to it; reading a passage from a book slowly does nothing to rob the … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Even badly-written science fiction has value – Robert Heinlein Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I think that science fiction, even the corniest of it, even the most outlandish of it, no matter how badly it’s written, has a distinct therapeutic value because all of … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Join me on inspirational writing holidays in Portugal 2015 and 2016

GOOD WRITING is about discovering ways to break away from the ordinary and the routine, about finding stories that are important to you and telling them in the way only … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · 6 Comments

What makes a good review? What makes a good reviewer?

Reviewers have probably never been so important. They have always been the life blood of an author’s career, but they are no longer the sole preserve of the ‘professional’, the … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 21 Comments

FREE WORLDWIDE — popular creative writing ebook: offer ends Sunday July 5th

From today until Sunday July 5th BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL is free to download from Amazon. Thirty exercises to set your imagination free and it won’t cost you a … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 8 Comments

Writers on bookshops and why we have to love them Quotes for Writers (and readers) celebrating National Bookshop Week

Word Power* is everything a book shop should be. It has a local bias, puts on interesting events, and is in a cool part of town. I like book shops … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

And the winner is….

Let me introduce you to Jan Baynham Jan joined a local writing group in Cardiff three years ago but it wasn’t until she attended a university writing class taught by … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

7 things you didn’t know about FACEBOOK (probably) + 3 rules I’ve made up

One in every 13 people on Earth is on Facebook Most Facebook users live in Asia But only about 35% of people who live in Asia use Facebook Australians spend … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

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