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Poets can wait for inspiration, novelists can’t – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Half Price until midnight – my own mini Black Friday

Amazon have put the paperback edition of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL into their Black Friday sale but only for a few hours. It’s £3 until midnight instead of the … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 6 Comments

Inspiring pictures for writers – breakfast by Bertha Leonard

I love the detail of the table (what’s going on with the sugar bowl?) and the background. At first sight it seems to be a conventional domestic interior until you … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

On this day: the publication of Black Beauty

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
1877 first edition cover. X Black Beauty, a novel by English author Anna Sewell, was first published on the 24th of November, 1877.…

November 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

“…there is only one of you in all of time…” Martha Graham on creative expression QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · 6 Comments

Bob Dylan won’t be going to the Nobel Prize Ceremony, but the clock will still start to tick…

It was revealed on Wednesday that Bob Dylan won’t be going to Stockholm in December because “pre-existing commitments” prevent him from traveling. I suppose given his consistent attitude towards media attention … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride

I love this painting. It’s possible to lose yourself in the tender and complex emotions expressed on the faces. This is only oil and pigment and egg (or whatever painters used … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

FREE 100 word short story competition for adults and children

Reader’s Digest are  running a free  100 Word Story Competition on any subject. However, it has to be EXACTLY 100 words long (not including the title). The story must be … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 11 Comments

“…a child’s discovery of his or her voice must be one of the most extraordinary of life’s moments…” Leonard Bernstein QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Though I can’t prove it, deep in my heart I know that every person is born with the love of learning. Without exception. Every infant studies its toes and fingers, … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures – dancers in blue

I don’t know anything about this picture. I discovered it on Pixababy, a wonderful website that allows anyone for any reason to download a photograph or illustration for free and … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Harry Potter and the American election

A high-level study has come to the conclusion that Harry Potter fans won’t be voting for Donald Trump today. The Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (a non-partisan … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · 4 Comments

The problem with writing a book in verse…Dr Seuss QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The problem with writing a book in verse is, to be successful, it has to sound like you knocked it off on a rainy Friday afternoon. It has to sound … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

A Woman Only Writing Competition with a special prize: time to write

Need space, time and hard cash in order to write?  Words And Women are offering all three to the winner of their 2016 prose competition. First prize is £1,000 and … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment