for writers and readers….

“…it’s uncommon to master any kind of heat before middle age…” Lizzy Kremer, literary agent, on writing QUOTES FOR WRITERS

So many artists suffer from melancholy in all its shades, it is possible to forget that writing, like all creative acts, is essentially optimistic. ….if you write, it is because … Continue reading

May 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Rag Bag of appeals, complaints and proposals….Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper deals with them all

Mrs Finnegan, celebrated authority AND housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE rattles through a number of queries this week in attempt to reduce her stock of unanswered mail to a manageable size. … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Can you write about excitement and jubilation? Submissions open for the e-zine published by Epoque Press

Epoque Press is a small, but perfectly formed independent publishing company that promotes new literary and creative talent through their main publishing imprint and an online ezine. For their next … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split – Raymond Chandler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

WOULD you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like … Continue reading

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s Your Story Competition – sing it, rap it, sign it or write it

The Evening Standard and Netflix have just launched What’s Your Story? competition.It’s very different to anything I’ve come across before because entries can be sung, signed, rapped, or tapped out on your phone. … Continue reading

May 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

International writing competition on Sex and Gender

For the past eleven years Stringybark Stories has run international short story competitions from their base in Australia.David Vernon, Editor and Judge, wrote to tell me that this year they … Continue reading

May 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

There’s Devilment and Misery in Mrs Finnegan’s Mail Box. Advice from Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper Will Put a Stop to Both (sort of)

Can’t stop my sticky little fingers from sneaking morsels of food from the kitchen. It’s not as if I am even hungry, it’s just the devilment of trying something that … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Not Everything Needs to be Explained – Esther Freud

Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too. Esther Freud Photo credit:Pexels from Pixabay

May 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Need help making decisions? Follow the instructions of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper for a simple life

Mrs Finnegan, the outstanding housekeeper of her generation, is employed at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE She GIVES advice and occasionally takes it. Please help me. I have a complete inability to make … Continue reading

May 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Keep on Keeping on Until You Stop – advice from Geoff Dryer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In my 30s I used to go to the gym even though I hated it. The purpose of ­going to the gym was to postpone the day when I would stop going. … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

An old Rake Wants to Marry a Young Bride…Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper Raises an Eyebrow

Mrs Finnegan, celebrated authority AND housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE is not AFRAID of giving frank advice when it is needed. You are a woman of the world, Mrs Finnegan, … Continue reading

May 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bored with your story? Hate your characters? That’s OK says Sophie Kinsella QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Everybody, no matter who they are gets to the middle of a book and thinks crikey, I’ve had enough of this. You get bored with your story and your characters, … Continue reading

May 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Publisher Reveals 9 Things You Should Never Put in a Plot (probably)

Blind Eye Books is an American publisher of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance novels featuring LGBTQ protagonists. Editor in Chief Nicola Kimberling has decided not to say what she … Continue reading

May 1, 2021 · Leave a comment