for writers and readers….

Fight Club: What’s the first rule of a Sequel?

Well, Chuck Palahniuk has decided that we can talk about it because he has announced that he is going to write a sequel to Fight Club nearly 20 years after … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise: Forbidden

Apologies, a day late with this exercise still better late than never…The focus in this exercise is on creating atmosphere and a convincing sense of place. The subject is ‘Forbidden … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

You could be the next Doctor Who…but is that really a good idea?

I’m not talking about the BBC Christmas 2013 Special when the 12th doctor will be revealed. The route to being this Doctor is much simpler – no acting school or … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) American short story writer LORRIE MOORE

Most things good for writing are bad for life. “May your life be not very good material” is a blessing I offer students. —Lorrie Moore Find out more about Lorrie … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Did you know that book covers can come to life?

Well, that’s probably not technically accurate. I think the correct phrase is: featured interactive augmented reality experiences All I know is that if you use the Blippar smartphone application on … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

Apprentice Writers wanted

Word Factory was founded by journalist and writer Cathy Galvin to bring the very best short story writers together for readings, masterclasses and to create new work. Events are held … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — Free photos for Bloggers

PhotoPin is basically a photo search engine for bloggers. It only looks through photographs that are licensed under creative commons on Flickr. What does Creative Commons mean? I was convinced … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · 5 Comments

Real readers don’t buy hardback books

Just read on the BBC’s website that 17,662 hardback copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling sold were sold between 14 and 20 July since JK Rowling was revealed as the author. … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 9 Comments

Did you know a small bookshop pre-ordered 250 signed copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling before J.K.Rowling was outed?

Goldsboro Books in central London specialises in modern first editions but it hasn’t tried to cash in. Every copy was sold for the jacket price of £16.99 even though the … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 7 Comments

Writers in films… Blink and you’ll miss Raymond Chandler

Discovered another writer in a film thanks to Anecdotal Evidence a fascinating blog about ‘the intersection of books and life’. Apparently the author of The Big Sleep and Farewell My … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

A home movie of the great and the good and the averagely brilliant

I’ve just come across a silent amateur movie made in 1926 that has an absolutely mad cast. It was mentioned in an article about writers who appear in films in … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

A haiku for (nearly) every occasion. Never mind the quality – count the syllables

Originally posted on Michelle Proulx – Author:
I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but haikus are “the shizzle”, as teenage hoodlums like to say. For many years I…

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

What colour is the letter “A”? What does the number “1” taste of? About 3% of the population have synaesthesia and live in a world of extra sensations. For many … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Safari Friday went missing this week

I skipped the usual Safari Friday post this week 1) Because I was teaching five full days in 30+ degree temperatures. (What a week for a creative writing summer school!) … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · 4 Comments