Muse, News and Views

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

William Faulkner on what a writer would sacrifice for a good poem — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

The artist’s only responsibility is his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one…. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate: … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Artifacts awaken memories and inspire poetry

Originally posted on Ann Perrin:
As a poet, I am always interested in how memory can be an inspiration for one’s writing. On our recent visit to Rudyard Kipling’s house…

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The clock is ticking….only four days left to enter this international writing competition

The August 31st writing competition deadline for Hysteria 2014 is approaching fast. Some writers need the adrenaline of a closing date hovering above their computer to kickstart their writing…. but if  … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Reading like a Writer: mental health in popular fiction

This is  my Goodreads review of Sarah Rayner’s latest novel Another Night, Another Day. She is already a bestselling novelist, probably most famous for One Moment One Morning, a story … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Jack Kerouac on born writers…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes_

Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

A book worth buying and a charity worth supporting

I’m not making any excuses. This post is a brazen plug for a book that has just been published on Amazon. it is the work of 17 authors and is … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 9 Comments

Inspiring writers’ retreats

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
1. Henry Williamson’s self-built sanctuary Oxford Cross (Grade II), Georgeham, Devon For many writers, the ambiance in which they work matters.  Recently listed, this writing hut…

August 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

An international prize for unpublished novelists

I’ve just come across a new international prize for unpublished novelists. The Caledonian Novel Award 2015 is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and from … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

Kate Atkinson on recycling your writing – quotes for writers (and anyone who likes quotes)

I usually start writing a novel that I then abandon. When I say abandon, I don’t think any writer ever abandons anything that they regard as even a half-good sentence. … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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