Muse, News and Views

One of the worse things you can say to a writer…

… is that you can write about anything you like, for as long as you like and it doesn’t matter when you finish. If you haven’t got a hungry publisher … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

If I have an Apple and You have an Apple – George Bernard Shaw Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

A literary genre that could save the world – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

I may be way behind the times with this, but I’ve just heard of a new science fiction genre – CI FI = climate fiction. It covers global warming and … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

A new job that gave me a lot of difficult questions to answer…what would you have said?

I’ve just become Writer in Residence at the Hysteria Writing Competition run each year by the The Hysterectomy Association. One of my first duties was to answer a lot of … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry….if you’ve got an unpublished novel needing a home

Got an 70,000+ word story saved on your desktop? Is it stuffed into a folder gathering dust  underneath your bed? Someone wants to read it – at least the first … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Writing is Magic…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Do you know…which country reads the most books, watches the most TV, listens to the radio and uses the internet most often for pleasure…?

TELEVISION Folk in Thailand spend  22.4 hours in front of the television each week. The USA is in 6th place with 19 hours per week and the UK is 9th … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Word Hearts – a delicious way of not writing: Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Word Hearts is fun. More than fun. But there’s no doubt it is a diversion from the business of writing so only use it to treat yourself when you’ve written … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strictly Come Writing — sneak preview

I have been working with writers at Portslade Adult Education to produce an anthology of stories and dreams, poems and works in progress and it’s getting very exciting as the … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why writers write: Philip Larkin — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It seems as if you’ve seen this sight, felt this feeling, had this vision, and have got to find a combination of words that will preserve it by setting it … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

News about writerly things delivered to your inbox every day – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

GALLEYCAT covers everything a writer or a reader might be remotely interested in: there’s publishing news with an American slant but with a decent international perspective, writers resources which at … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Research in Fiction – re-discovering the miners’ strike. Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson, author of Public Battles, Private Wars

I’m delighted to be handing my blog over today to a gifted novelist whose latest novel shines a torch on women who were part of the miners’ strike in 1984 … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

When You Are Your Own Publisher

Originally posted on J W Manus:
I get a lot of emails from people who are just starting out with self-publishing. For the most part I enjoy the conversations. Self-publishing…

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

WRITING IS LIKE BEING GAY…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I don’t remember deciding to become a writer.  You decide to become a dentist or a postman.  For me, writing is like being gay.  You finally admit that this is … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

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