for writers and readers….

A chance to go behind the scenes of radio drama

We are so used to hearing stories, book adaptions and full length plays on BBC Radio 4 that it is easy to forget just how fortunate we are to be … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — Letters of Note

This week I want to introduce you to a gem of a website. Letters of Note publishes fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos. It is updated frequently – most … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Twitter Confession

Looking back at the posts written a year ago when I first started this blog I’m a bit embarrassed about one in particular. My list of the kind of people … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 21 Comments

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE looking back at the most popular

As it has been a year since I started this blog I’m going to look at some of the posts I’ve written over the last 12 months and here is … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Plea for Plain English

Originally posted on The Proof Angel blog:
This is a memo to the War Cabinet headed “Brevity”. It is a bit depressing how little progress has been made. ‘To do…

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) What writers should do – Natalie Goldberg

Take out another notebook, pick up another pen, and just write, just write, just write. In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the centre of chaos, … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Writing Your Family Biography

I’m running a non fiction course for students in London who want to learn how to use writing techniques to transform the bare bones of family history into a gripping … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

Carnival of Blogging Advice for Writers – to celebrate my first year on WordPress

What’s a carnival when it’s on a blog and not on a village green with the smell of candy floss in the air? (For American readers I think that should … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ten good reasons to study creative writing …. some might surprise you

1) It’s a vocational subject. In every job and area of life it’s valuable to be able communicate as clearly and effectively as possible. 2) It could help you get … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · 12 Comments

Wannabe Writers on TV

Heard from two bloggers – Catherine Ryan Howard and Kathleen McGurl – about a pilot for a new reality television staring real wannabe writers trying to get publishing deals and … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · 10 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week ……Scrabble Scramble

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Why do you want to be a writer?

Ask yourself why you want to be a writer. If your answer is to be rich, or famous, or published or in fact anything other than that you have a … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

So much better than having a road named after you…

Just read in GALLEYCAT that today Sunday August 18 the city of Portsmouth – famous for its naval base – is going to honour author Neil Gaiman by naming a … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is a short story?

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 32 Comments