for writers and readers….

Brighton Writing Weekend Sitcom for TV and Radio

There’s a two day weekend course running in Brighton very soon that I  recommend wholeheartedly. Sue Teddern has an impressive track record in both television and radio scriptwriting. Among her … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Do you know which cities are the most “well-read” in Britain and America?

Earlier this year Amazon conducted their third annual survey to discover which city is the national reading champion. Oddly enough I once spent an afternoon in the American winner – … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

READING LIKE A WRITER – putting rhythm into prose

“Words have music and if you are a musician you will write to hear them” – E.L. Doctorow Rhythm isn’t the sole preserve of poets or musicians – prose writers … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) William Salfire on cliches, superlatives and other misdemeanours

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Safari Saturday: searching the web for writers and readers — a free library for the world

Many of you will already know about and use Project Gutenberg, but some things can’t be mentioned too often and this is one of them. History It began on 4th … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

I’m not being rude, but it would be lovely if you went away right now…

…oh, no! Wait, maybe I could have phrased that better, damn words getting in the wrong place. All I was hoping is that you would pop over and read my … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

I’m not sure I can define romantic, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t it…

Romance originally meant a story about a dashing hero written in French. As those stories often revolved around unrequited love, adoration from afar and secret trysts (what a nice word) … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment


Flashbacks in literature are scenes within the chronological narrative that reveal events  before the story began. In a novel the ‘now’ of the story might be about two old friends … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) Philip Pullman on what back to basics really means

We often hear politicians talks about the basics, by which they mean the ability to spell correctly and write grammatically. But that’s not basic at all. You can correct that … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 4 Comments


I’m very excited about the cover. I think the designer did a brilliant job. I’m very excited that it will be out in a couple of weeks – publication date … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · 6 Comments

Probably shouldn’t be saying this….

I should probably pretend that this idyllic Brighton writers’ room doesn’t exist and that it isn’t run by two great writers with best selling books to their credit. I should … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 4 Comments

Writers need talent and a thick skin – Donal Ryan calls himself a model for stubbornness

Donal Ryan emailed to thank me for my post yesterday about the 47 rejections he endured before his first novel The Spinning Heart was finally accepted by The Lilliput Press. … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

“It’s all down to luck…but the harder I work the luckier I get”

Today is the day they will announce the winner of the 2013 Booker Prize (as I write Jim Crace seems to be the favourite with Colm Toibin a close second), … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 6 Comments

READING LIKE A WRITER – how did they do that?

This is part of my new look Mondays. For about a year I have posted creative writing exercises at the start of the week (you can find a small selection … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment