for writers and readers….

News flash! Six months until you can enter this international writing competition – but you may need the time

I only became aware of Erma Bombeck a couple of years ago and I regret that I never read any of her newspaper columns. She must, though, be a very … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

A birthday party on the Titanic…A first kiss as Wall Street crashed…Monday Creative Writing Exercise beacuse it’s a good way to start the week

This is straightforward lucky dip. Choose two numbers – both have to be between one and ten.  The first number gives you a personal event and the second an historical … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers and people who like quotes — Don’t kid yourself you are writing says E. L. Doctorow

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. Find out more about E. L. Doctorow … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Everyone loves editing, dont they?

Originally posted on helencareybooks:
Everyone loves editing, don’t they? No? I’m astonished. What could be more enjoyable than giving yourself the opportunity to reread your wonderful prose and to hone…

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

A complete short story on a stamp

What a good idea … what a really good idea. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Dublin’s permanent designation as a UNESCO City of Literature than by … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — How to judge a book READ PAGE 99

Open the book to page ninety nine, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.                        ` FORD MADDOX FORD This is a website based on the premise … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

PRADA international short story competition

Prada – the high fashion luxury brand based in Milan – is running an international short story contest with Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore. The theme is wide: “views of … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Do you know the word for an irrational fear of long words?

Could have guessed it really. It just has to be hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia photo credit: mattscoggin via photopin cc

June 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

“I’d be a writer too if I had the time…” Does this video conversation sound familiar?

I like this…hope you do too. By the way, there was an interesting observation in the the current issue of MSLEXIA . Average earnings in the UK were around £26,500 … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: picture prompt

Use this photograph any way you want but you might like to start with this line. I knew Malcolm a long time before I fully realised what kind of man … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for Writers and people who like quotes CHARLES BAXTER

In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois shrieks, “I want magic!” and so do ordinary readers. Fiction began its life in magic and fables and in efforts to instruct, and … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Worst one line synopsis

Can you better this one: a rich man with issues falls for innocent young lass Can’t guess? Presume it is something you haven’t read (and never will read). No, it’s … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · Leave a comment