Muse, News and Views

The difference between a lie and a story…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A lie was something you told because you were mean or a coward. A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was no such thing as books for boys…or princesses…or pink

I recently wrote about a Barbie book that should never have seen the light of day and now I’ve heard about a young girl in California who has managed to … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

A bitter lesson for writers – Thomas Wolfe Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Christmas tension mounting? Here’s a book that will help without mentioning turkeys or stuffing (although family does crop up quite often))

Think of Making Friends with Anxiety as an early Christmas present to yourself. Written  by international bestselling author Sarah Rayner, it oozes compassion without a hint of patronising  superiority or … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hilary Mantel on the dangers of writing historical fiction — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A relation of past events brings you up against events and mentalities that, should you choose to describe them, would bring you to the borders of what your readers could … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Win a copy of my creative writing guide in time for Christmas

 Hurray! I’ve made it past the 200 ‘likes’ milestone on my creative writing facebook page. As promised I’m going to give away a paperback copy of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 13 Comments

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before…

…but I have a facebook page dedicated to writing. I use it for quick bits of information that seem funny or useful or both. I don’t put the same material … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

Be kind – be anxious, says Roddy Doyle. Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Do be kind to yourself. Fill pages as quickly as possible; double space, or write on every second line. Regard every new page as a small triumph, until you get … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

A book that shouldn’t be on your Christmas list

The publishers of Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer have been forced to apologise because of its sexist content.  Although I haven’t seen a copy myself,  I gather that … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

A special one-off event for Sussex Sci Fi fans

THEY is a Science Fiction novel set on the South Downs and published in 1977. ‘They’ are an unnamed group who roam the countryside and remove all books, musical instruments and artworks … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

Erica Jong – author of the groundbreaking The Fear-of-Flying – on when she was too scared to finish any passage of writing. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged…I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Should Writing Success Always Be Counted in Money?

I’m delighted to hand over my blog today to American writer Cara Lopez Lee who should win the prize for the best ever title of a memoir: They Only Eat … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 11 Comments

Four Counties Poetry Competition – work here, live here, study here, be born here and you qualify…

For the very first time Rottingdean Writers’ Group is running a competition specially designed for poets connected to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The judge is John McCullough, academic and … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doris Lessing on the art of reading well — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

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