for writers and readers….

“…The first draft is meant to be discarded…” Walter Mosely QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The first draft is the jabber you forced on that blind date. She was hoping for someone to ask her what she was feeling, but all you said was, and … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Friday Writing Prompt

A Picture + An Idea = Who knows what or where it will take you Write down five things she can see.Write down five emotions. Attach an emotion to each … Continue reading

June 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Have You Got a Servant Problem? Mrs Finnegan – Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper – has the Answer

Mrs Finnegan – purveyor of wisdom and SAGE of the serving classes – is housekeeper at The Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Brighton. My neighbours moved into Brunswick Terrace four years … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

“…if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try fiction…” Flannery O’Connor on what writers write about QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try fiction. It’s not a grand enough job … Continue reading

June 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Friday Writing Prompt

A Picture + An Idea = who knows what… What are they saying to each other? Five minute writing exercise

June 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Children! Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper says let Princess Victoria be your guide

My little sister and I are between governesses at the moment. The last one left because she was sad and the one before sighed a lot. Mama says we must … Continue reading

June 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Poems fall outside the usual laws of language…Jack Underwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Poems and black holes have a lot in common. Both have a singularity, for instance. Poems also keep their centres hidden, and like black holes they do not return a … Continue reading

June 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper reminds readers why they have lips…

There is very little for Mrs Finnegan, celebrated authority AND housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE, to laugh about this week. (And she is too well mannered to do so, even … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

“…it’s uncommon to master any kind of heat before middle age…” Lizzy Kremer, literary agent, on writing QUOTES FOR WRITERS

So many artists suffer from melancholy in all its shades, it is possible to forget that writing, like all creative acts, is essentially optimistic. ….if you write, it is because … Continue reading

May 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Rag Bag of appeals, complaints and proposals….Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper deals with them all

Mrs Finnegan, celebrated authority AND housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE rattles through a number of queries this week in attempt to reduce her stock of unanswered mail to a manageable size. … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Can you write about excitement and jubilation? Submissions open for the e-zine published by Epoque Press

Epoque Press is a small, but perfectly formed independent publishing company that promotes new literary and creative talent through their main publishing imprint and an online ezine. For their next … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split – Raymond Chandler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

WOULD you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like … Continue reading

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s Your Story Competition – sing it, rap it, sign it or write it

The Evening Standard and Netflix have just launched What’s Your Story? competition.It’s very different to anything I’ve come across before because entries can be sung, signed, rapped, or tapped out on your phone. … Continue reading

May 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

International writing competition on Sex and Gender

For the past eleven years Stringybark Stories has run international short story competitions from their base in Australia.David Vernon, Editor and Judge, wrote to tell me that this year they … Continue reading

May 20, 2021 · Leave a comment