for writers and readers….

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

The story so far…you work out where it goes from here

This chain story was started before Christmas, but I want to find out what happens in the end so let’s carry on. Join Glen, Vanessa, Loretta, Gail and me and … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 8 Comments

Beginning with a sense of dread and trepidation: Susan Sontag Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I always begin with a great sense of dread and trepidation. Nietzsche says that the decision to start writing is like leaping into a cold lake. Only when I’m about … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

You have to follow what the book needs says E.A.Bucchianeri Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

…The Book is more important than your plans for it. You have to go with what works for The Book – if your ideas appear hollow or forced when they … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Accidental Bestseller

Two years ago Alison Waines’ psychological thriller set in contemporary London was published. Suddenly in 2015 sales figures took off. According to The Wall Street Journal, the former psychotherapist found … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 5 Comments

New Chain Story – join in and take it to new and interesting places

Everyone can have a go and you can have as many turns as you like, but they can’t be consecutive – in other words you have to wait for someone … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 18 Comments

One very surprising thing about a list of the 10 best British novels…

BBC Culture recently conducted a poll of 82 book critics to discover their favourite British novels. None of the critics live in the UK; they come from USA, Europe, Asia, … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 6 Comments

The novel combines freedom with intimacy says JANE SMILEY Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

To me as a reader, this greatest thing about the novel…is that it gives access to the mind of the writer. Our Mutual Friend is a perfect example of this: … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

Our Weird and Wonderful Chain Story – Number Two

This is the story that finished last Sunday. Thanks to Danny, Sue, Laurie, Gail, Veronica, Justine and Loretta for contributing.  Here’s our story in full – I topped and tailed … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 5 Comments