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I’m mad about this – hope you are too

News this weekend that GCSE examining boards are going to drop American classics such as Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mocking Bird, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Arthur … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Gabriel García Márquez on the origins of the very first fiction story – Quotes for Writers (and People who like Quotes)

Fiction was invented when Jonah arrived home and told his wife he was three days late because he’d been swallowed by a whale. ― Gabriel García Márquez photo credit: Rob Hughes … Continue reading

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to write a sex scene

Originally posted on The Proof Angel blog:
Many people find this difficult. Here are some starting points: Part 1: introduction Part 2: male archetypes Part 3: female archetypes Visit my websites…

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

If you want to write for radio this one day course is unmissable AND affordable

The Business of Writing for Radio is a one-day practical workshop in Brighton run by TV and Radio writer Sue Teddern (, In Mates, Managing Izzy, The Charm Factory). I … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 8 Comments

How to write a short story….and enter a competition

I recently came across the WikiHow entry on how to write a short story. The actual article contains good advice, but I arched an eyebrow when I read the introduction. … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 8 Comments

Can’t write? Do the housework instead – Chuck Palahniuk Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur. If … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Today is International Conscientious Objectors Day

I’ve been sent a very interesting press release from the Imperial War Museum in London that I want to share with you. Until I read it I didn’t realise that … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 6 Comments

Creative Writing Newsletter – is that a good idea?

I’ve decide to give it a go – nothing too big or extravagant – sent by email to anyone who specifically says that they want to receive a copy. What … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 10 Comments

Dr Johnson on editing – quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

From The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell Miss Adams: “Do you think, Sir, you could make your Ramblers better?” Johnson: “Certainly I could.” Boswell: “I’ll lay a bet, … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Getting the Opening Write

Originally posted on The Proof Angel blog:
We assess people in the first few moments after meeting them. The same is true of writing. Whether it is a novel, an…

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why English teachers are important – John Cooper Clarke: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

English teachers are valuable because language is the stuff we all deal in every waking hour. Unlike logarithms. To use language in a powerful or persuasive way is in everyone’s … Continue reading

May 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

A facebook page for creative writers — Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

This week I want to recommend a facebook page. City Lit in central London is the largest adult education centre in Europe and is now has a very active page … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 2 Comments