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A Quote for Writers at the end of the year

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett       photo credit: Denis Collette…!!! via photopin cc … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

More on Writing for nothing. Is money just the icing on the cake?

I’ve just found another quote about writing for nothing and I thought it would be a good companion to Mark Twain’s comment made a century or so ago. It is … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

Mark Twain on writing for nothing — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“Write without pay until somebody offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this circumstance with the most implicit confidence as the sign that sawing … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why writers need to have empathy

Just before Christmas Sarah Rayner, author of five novels including the international bestseller One Moment One Morning pointed me in the direction of this excellent short film that dissects the … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes about Christmas — presents

“It’s for the hamster that I’m gonna buy! This is so perfect!” (after opening a hamster wheel at Christmas) Gerard Way photo credit: Alice Harold via photopin cc

December 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Quotes about Christmas — Charles Dickens

‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

You just don’t get it, do you?

Stephen King – who only joined twitter at the beginning of December – used this new method of chatting with fans to discuss cliches in movies. He suggests that the … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

LEONARD COHEN Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder.” Leonard Cohen photo credit: Shootingsnow via photopin cc A new song he performed in Dublin in September

December 22, 2013 · 5 Comments

International Writers in Residence Program where you get to keep the house

This is the most exciting and original literary project I’ve ever heard of and its aim is to heal a broken city. Detroit – home of Motown, Hip Hop,  and … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Write a short story for radio

Ever written for radio? If the answer’s no this opportunity is for you. The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit are inviting submissions from writers who have never written for radio … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 16 Comments

We won a gold star! We won a gold star! (Well, not me exactly…)

Joel Friedlander’s popular blog The Book Designer guides thousand of authors through the publishing process. I’ve been following it for awhile – it’s a very good read – and submitted … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

RESPECT WORDS, WORDS, WORDS…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Every word is unique Respect words, be they printed or spoken Complex or simple, extravagant or lowly The manner in which they are delivered Speaks of us. HENRY PLUCKROSE in … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 7 Comments

A petition made by writers that touches us all

I don’t know if petitions work. I don’t know if demonstrations work. All I know is that it is better than keeping quiet and this is something that touches all … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment


December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment