for writers and readers….

America’s another country: they do things differently there — so don’t make assumptions

I wrote this post on another blog back in 2010 and when I came across it the other day I thought it was still interesting and still relevant. Hope you … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 7 Comments

“I don’t do realism…” James Patterson — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I don’t do realism. Sometimes people will mention that something I’ve written doesn’t seem realistic and I always picture them looking at a Chagall and thinking the same thing. You … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Advice to school students from Kurt Vonnegut

Heard about the letter that Kurt Vonnegut sent to a  group of High School students in New York, but have only just come across this video created by Dogtooth Films, … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

The Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 23 Comments

One of the worse things you can say to a writer…

… is that you can write about anything you like, for as long as you like and it doesn’t matter when you finish. If you haven’t got a hungry publisher … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 9 Comments

If I have an Apple and You have an Apple – George Bernard Shaw Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

A literary genre that could save the world – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

I may be way behind the times with this, but I’ve just heard of a new science fiction genre – CI FI = climate fiction. It covers global warming and … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

A new job that gave me a lot of difficult questions to answer…what would you have said?

I’ve just become Writer in Residence at the Hysteria Writing Competition run each year by the The Hysterectomy Association. One of my first duties was to answer a lot of … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry….if you’ve got an unpublished novel needing a home

Got an 70,000+ word story saved on your desktop? Is it stuffed into a folder gathering dust  underneath your bed? Someone wants to read it – at least the first … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Writing is Magic…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Do you know…which country reads the most books, watches the most TV, listens to the radio and uses the internet most often for pleasure…?

TELEVISION Folk in Thailand spend  22.4 hours in front of the television each week. The USA is in 6th place with 19 hours per week and the UK is 9th … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Word Hearts – a delicious way of not writing: Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Word Hearts is fun. More than fun. But there’s no doubt it is a diversion from the business of writing so only use it to treat yourself when you’ve written … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strictly Come Writing — sneak preview

I have been working with writers at Portslade Adult Education to produce an anthology of stories and dreams, poems and works in progress and it’s getting very exciting as the … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why writers write: Philip Larkin — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It seems as if you’ve seen this sight, felt this feeling, had this vision, and have got to find a combination of words that will preserve it by setting it … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment