for writers and readers….

GHOST Characters

This article has suddenly appeared from the archives, wailing and rattling chains… Ghost Character is a phrase used by academics for characters  listed in a Shakespeare play but who don’t … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Orwell and his poetry

Originally posted on e a m harris:
George Orwell’s poetry was recently published as a collection. Apparently this is for the first time. Given how famous he is, I wondered…

October 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

The difference between poetry and prose – Philip Larkin Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

If you tell a novelist, ‘Life’s not like that’, he has to do something about it. The poet simply replies, ‘No, but I am.’ Philip Larkin photo credit: Background_1 via … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Quiz – can you judge a book by its cover?

The wonderfully talented book designer Simon Avery (see an example of his work on the right. Hint: it has creative writing in the title) has come up with a quiz … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Proof that writers are generous souls….

….and that the internet can be a warm and cuddly place even when we are talking about technology. This is an introduction to a long, long, long list of resources … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Theatre insists on the present tense…Richard Eyre Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Theatre insists on the present tense – there’s a sense of occasion and of being part of a community in any theatre performance. We go into the theatre as individuals … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Remember today’s date if your writing has ever been rejected

If your writing has ever been turned down (and you’re not a real writer if you haven’t been through that experience: you’re a writer who doesn’t send stuff out…) October … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’ve been a bit quiet lately but there’s a good reason for that…

I’ve been on a writer in residence scheme which allowed me to write every waking moment (but only if I wanted to): I set my schedule and my goals. My … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · 12 Comments

The answer to Writer’s Block? Going for a swim…quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I step away from the computer and swim. I really wish someone had told me earlier that there’s a relationship between writing and exercise. Writing involves you being completely, revoltingly … Continue reading

October 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Choosing between genres is like choosing between carbohydrates said Gore Vidal (only better) Quotes for writers

Are you happier eating a potato than a bowl of rice? I don’t know. It’s all the same. … Writing is writing. Writing is order in sentences and order in … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments