for writers and readers….

Writers on bookshops and why we have to love them Quotes for Writers (and readers)

Word Power* is everything a book shop should be. It has a local bias, puts on interesting events, and is in a cool part of town. I like book shops … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

And the winner is….

Let me introduce you to Jan Baynham Jan joined a local writing group in Cardiff three years ago but it wasn’t until she attended a university writing class taught by … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

7 things you didn’t know about FACEBOOK (probably) + 3 rules I’ve made up

One in every 13 people on Earth is on Facebook Most Facebook users live in Asia But only about 35% of people who live in Asia use Facebook Australians spend … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Gabriel Garcia Marquez on what gave him permission to write…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read ‘The Metamorphosis’. … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Self-published Writers Encouraged to Enter Prestigious Competition

 The Young Writer of the Year Award has been out of action for six years, but it now being revived under the sponsorship of The Sunday Times and agents Peters Fraser … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 7 Comments

HAPPY JUNE 16th – a special day

A bit of background (from a 2013 post I wrote on the subject) Bloomsday celebrates Leopold Bloom, the main character in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The story takes place takes place … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

OUT NOW! The latest edition of my Creative Writing Newsletter. Sign up and win a free paperback copy of Back to Creative Writing School

Edition number five of my creative writing newsletter has just gone out. It contains details of submission and competition opportunities (plays, poetry, short stories and novels) that haven’t yet appeared … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lady Gaga on making music, writing and creativity QUOTES FOR WRITING (and people who like quotes)

When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. Lady … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

Happy Birthday to the great W.B

William Butler Yeats by John Singer Sargent 1908 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and writer, senator and winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature is 150 years old today. … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 8 Comments

Three literary devices to add zing to your prose…

I’m a long time fan of Janice Hardy’s Fiction University. With over 1000 well-written and thought-provoking articles  available for free online on such subjects as writing, editing and selling your … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Write a Short Story for Radio

Carried in Waves is a short story competition for radio organised by University College Cork. The brief is wide: the story can be on any subject, written in any style, … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 10 Comments

Free International Travel Writing Competition

Writers anywhere can submit a travel essay to the Germany-based blog I Must Be Off! in its third annual travel writing competition. “If it’s about travel, we want to read … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

Leonard Cohen on Yeats and Shakespeare – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

As a young man, Yeats spoke to me in a way I could understand. Shakespeare I couldn’t understand, but Yeats I could. It was his subject matter and also I … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

Originally posted on Black Lilac Kitty Book Reviews:
A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional…

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment