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How she did it. Kath McGurl’s 11 year Route to Publishing a Novel

The guest post this week comes from Kath McGurl and I am very glad to welcome her. I know Kath through her popular blog where she offers advice and information … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block” John Green’s Dad — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I delete about 90% of my first drafts…so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

What book makes you happy?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays in the UK. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Criminal ADVENTure – call for Christmasy short stories with a twist

I’ve just been contacted by a former City Lit student to tell me that she is now part of a group of aspiring crime writers who want to create a … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Hein’s Route to Publication – a lesson in learning the craft, a lesson in not giving up or giving in…

I am very glad to hand over my blog today to Elizabeth Hein who lives in North Carolina. We have only met online  – but as a regular reader of … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Full house for ‘Dancing with words’

Originally posted on Ann Perrin:
The anthology by a group of writers attending a class in Portslade had it’s launch last night. A full house and very much a party…

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

If you can read you can write – not so says Richard Hugo, even if you have a Phd — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Scholars seem to assume that if you can read you can write. It’s sad to see someone with a fresh Ph.D. coast for a few years, understandably after such a … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow – the launch of a very special book

DANCING WITH WORDS  – the Brighton charity anthology in aid of Martlets Hospice – will be launched at 7pm on Saturday September 20th at the Amnesty Bookshop in the heart … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 6 Comments

Given up on a novel or a memoir? Need a manuscript MOT? Join me on a Saturday workshop and get back on the road…

It started so well. Your word count was rising and your creative satnav was set to ‘go’. And then around chapter four, you lost your way and ground to a … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Lam’s route to publication began with a make-believe town…

Today’s guest post is from Stephanie Lam whose first novel The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House was published  a few weeks ago. Her journey to becoming a published writer sounds … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

William Safire on the Great Rules of Writing — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

CAPTURING THE QUIET MOMENTS… examples of good writing

I’ve come across three figures of speech that I like very much and thought I would share because of their gentle, soft quality. It’s easy to be dramatic. It’s much … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 5 Comments

Vita Sackville-West on what we lose if we don’t write — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · 5 Comments

Questions, Questions, Questions…. a novelist has to have a lot of answers before putting pen to paper, says guest writer Helen Carey

I’m delighted that I’m handing over my blog today to novelist Helen Carey. She is best known for her bestselling World War Two novels Lavender Road, Some Sunny Day and … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments
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