for writers and readers….

Four and a half things to do in Dublin in 2016

I’ve been writing some travel features recently and I thought I’d share my recent trip to Dublin to visit the exhibitions and events remembering  Easter 1916 – the failed six … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

Monday Creative Writing Exercise — FORBIDDEN

From the archives: this was first published in 2013. The focus in this exercise is on creating atmosphere and a convincing sense of place. The subject is ‘Forbidden Place’ – … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

“…failure is what writers do.” Anne Enright QUOTES FOR WRITERS (AND PEOPLE WHO LIKE QUOTES)

I have no problem with failure – it is success that makes me sad. Failure is easy. I do it every day, I have been doing it for years. I … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 9 Comments

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: ROMANCE

This is a lucky dip romance…. Pick your numbers and you’ll have your characters, what brings them together and what keeps them apart. All you have to do is write…but … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to make music with words – Gary Provost QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Want to publish your book yourself? 12 things to consider before you start

By international bestselling novelist Sarah Rayner Let me cut to the chase. There is a huge amount out there about self-publishing, and I don’t want to double up on what other authors have already … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 6 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Character study

You are in some kind of a waiting room: the accident and emergency department of a hospital, attending a job interview, waiting to be interviewed by the police after witnessing … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Quotes for Mother’s Day

…kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run. … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · 2 Comments