for writers and readers….

Bestselling book for writers – now less than half price

WANT TO WRITE? Not sure where to start? Try one of the 30 imaginative exercises in BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL gifgifs Until next midnight Sunday December 6th you can … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

What a good short story should do — Alice Munro Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Is this the worst sentence of the year?

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

A CHAIN STORY for you to write….your go next

Same rules as last time…write up to two sentences at a time (and remember that Go! is a perfectly good sentence). You can have as many turns as you like … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 16 Comments

Five minutes is better than no minutes — Quotes for Writes (and people who like quotes)

Five minutes of writing a day is better than no minutes. Too many new writers think that unless they have plenty of time, it’s not worth booting up the computer … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write for Radio and TV

TV and radio drama brings great stories to life like nothing else. From Radio 4’s Afternoon Play to peak-time drama on the TV networks, audiences love to lose themselves in … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Our weird and wonderful chain story

One Week 13 writers (+ me) 29 comments Here’s the result….probably won’t win any prizes, but if you like pulsating purple orbes and moving dead bodies, read on. How did  … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Quotes for the People of Paris, for Everyone

Every Sunday I post a quote from a writer, usually about writing, sometimes about the bigger world we all inhabit. That didn’t seem appropriate after the events in Paris on … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

What not to do if you want to be published

If you are thinking of submitting a manuscript to a publisher or agent you really should read this list of 29 DON’Ts from Carole Blake of the Blake Friedmann Literary … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing a chain story together – your turn

I’m not teaching at the moment – I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy’s course Write a Prize Winning Story last … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 30 Comments

Not everyone can – or should – be a ballet dancer or a writer – Joanne Harris Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The truth is, not everyone can – or should – be a writer, in the same way that not everyone can or should be an accountant, or a ballet dancer, … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The FIVE best unreliable narrators in fiction (according to me)

As readers we tend to be on the side of the narrator. We trust what he or she  says – we have no one else to tell us what happened … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · 6 Comments

DO YOU KNOW where the word spam comes from?

An actor named Kenneth Daigneau won a competition to name the new tinned meat product. His suggestion is supposed to be a blend of spiced and ham. Then, in the 1970s, the … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

What novels can teach you – Barrack Obama Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

… the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels…It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 3 Comments