Muse, News and Views

Choosing between genres is like choosing between carbohydrates said Gore Vidal (only better) Quotes for writers

Are you happier eating a potato than a bowl of rice? I don’t know. It’s all the same. … Writing is writing. Writing is order in sentences and order in … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing at my own speed – Sarah Waters Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I hate the idea of being paid for a book before I’ve written it, I’d rather be writing it at my own speed. I am quite disciplined as a writer … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The making of a poem – Robert Frost Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting. A poem may be worked over once it is in being, but may … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Writer’s, club together…

Originally posted on Cath Humphris:
The first rule for a writing class is you do ask questions. The second rule for a writing class is:  You do ask questions. Third rule…

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Free manuscript assessment scheme for talented authors on a low income

The TLC Free Reads Scheme for south east England is now open Applications for the free manuscript assessment scheme for talented authors on low income is open for submissions until … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

A writer lives in two worlds says Maggie O’Farrall – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

(When she’s writing) I can’t have anyone else in the room and if the children come in, I have to stop. You need the real world to fade to be … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to write sound – putting an accent on the page

The way we use language differs depending on whether we are speaking it or writing it and that difference has to come across on the page. But what about how … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

Sometimes the less the writer knows about his story the better says Dermot Bolger – Quotes for Writers (and for people who like quotes)

Sometimes the less we know about what will happen in a work of fiction, the better off we are. Because the more we know about what happens next, the more … Continue reading

September 6, 2015 · 5 Comments

Announcing the birth of something completely different in creative writing…

I’ve taught writing in art galleries and museums, draughty church halls and university lecture theatres. I’ve met some amazing people and I’m proud to say that I am still in … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

In college, at work, retired? Remember you can always go Back to Creative Writing School

I had a lot of fun playing around with PHOTOFUNIA, an online picture editing tool that has just celebrated its eight birthday. It lets you produce imaginative and wish fulfilment … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stevie Smith explains why she didn’t write when she was happy – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Why does my Muse only speak when she is unhappy? She does not, I only listen when I am unhappy When I am happy I live and despise writing For … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

Writing Exercise from the archives: Historical Fiction

This is straightforward lucky dip. Choose two numbers – both have to be between one and ten. The first number gives you a personal event and the second a historical … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

What Are Poets Good For?

It’s true that they are not much good at earning a living from writing alone. But they don’t seem to be bad at being presidents, although to be honest I … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Power of Stories – Emmanuel Reed Manirakiza Quotes for Writers (and peope who like quotes)

Inside stories lies transformational power, Power that moves the invisible us, Power that stirs our emotions, To experience the experiences of others; Stories allow us to imagine and live momentarily … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

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