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Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Narnia author C.S. LEWIS on not giving tuppence about being original

No man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Poet in Residence – another job to dream about?

It’s not my intention to turn this blog into a job noticeboard, but I just had to publish details of a writer in residence post that came to my attention, … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

A chance to write a London murder mystery with leading novelists

I’ve heard of crowd-sourcing in terms of communal fund raising (I contributed recently to the publication of a graphic novel which should be coming out in the autumn) but this … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

POETRY FOR THE TERRIFIED Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people – Adrian Mitchell Most people either love poetry or are scared by it. I see the same delighted/horrified expressions … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for Writers and people who like quotes Brenda Ueland on what writing feels like

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW that cliches in other languages sound really original in English?

Some time ago the writer and broadcaster Lijia Zang told me that the laughter lines around the eyes that the English know as crows’ feet have a different name in … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Delve into the dark underbelly of the Criminal World for this Scottish Short Story Competition

The Bloody Scotland short story competition wants stories on the theme ‘Bad Luck and Trouble. The winner will receive £1,000, a weekend pass to Bloody Scotland Festival 2013 and a … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ever wondered where you might bury a body? Crime Writing Course in Dublin might help you make up your mind

The Irish Centre in Parnell Square, Dublin are running a week long crime writing course starting on July 29th with author Arlene Hunt. Organisers say this is a writing-heavy, intensive … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wanted: a columnist for £100 per week. Could this be your dream job?

IdeasMag is looking for a new columnist to write a 500 word weekly column for six months at £100 per week. Sound good? This is the kind of person they … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers GETTING FEEDBACK

A couple of years ago, a very talented student complained after class that it was hard to find anyone to give feedback on her writing. She wasn’t having a pop … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Everything has a value…even your twitter account

I’m sure that business and celebrity twitter accounts have a monetary value but it would take a lot to convince me that mine was worth anything. However, the nice people … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Idiots Guide to Writing Sex Scenes (Dirty, Erotic Language)

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:
After seeing Ionia’s post about sex and romance while reading a book that had a surprising amount of genitalia attention, I’m tempted to make…

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: IT’S SUMMER! do something different

Here in the UK it’s been a long grim winter and a grey-sky spring, but at long last the whole island can feel the sun’s warmth and wake up to … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Crime bestseller Lee Child on meeting a basic human need

There is something fundamental in our makeup that wants to endlessly raise and – most importantly – find answers to questions. I believe this is something writers need to understand. … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · Leave a comment