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Spam comments have suddenly got a lot more interesting

What’s going on? Is a new creative intelligence at work in the spam factories? This is how they used to be (up until last Friday): Nice weblog over here! I’ll … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

When would you write for free?

Homespun Theatre Company is looking for new fairy stories for a fundraising eBook. This is an international opportunity… and a non paying one. What do you get if you have  … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 7 Comments

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: psychological horror

PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR can take a magnifying glass to the conflict that exists within us – the battle between good and evil – as in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) MARK TWAIN

When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them — then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Only a few more days to go for your chance to win!

Leave a comment (a simple “Ah!” will do nicely) and you stand a chance of winning a copy of A GOOD CONFESSION in a raffle that’s running until October 31st. … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

Submissions wanted: what words have inspired you?

The Fine Line ( is compiling an e-book anthology on the theme of words that inspire. If you’d like to be considered for inclusion, they’re looking for short pieces, no … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment


October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

A new creative writing magazine is about to be published – if we all do a bit of barn raising

What the Dickens Magazine is a fascinating creative magazine* that has been published online for nearly two years and it’s now going to take a huge leap into print. Or … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Originally posted on The View Outside:
An e mail recently from Daring to Live Fully had me jumping up and down! Ok, not literally but you get the gist 😉…

October 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

MONDAY creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: creating a character

Three pairs of red shoes: three characters Describe what she looked like when she first tried these shoes on. Where was it? What was happening around her? How did the … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

I recognise that computer and the chair and the…

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations)

“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

NANOWRIMO – an insight for first timers

GUEST POST FROM VIKKI THOMPSON I am very grateful that Vikki has come across from her own blog at The View Outside to give newcomers like me a taste of what … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · 9 Comments

Originally posted on It's a crime! (Or a mystery…):
Press release follows: London, 17 October – Eight months ago Stylist magazine and publishing house Faber and Faber set out…

October 18, 2012 · Leave a comment