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Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t know if it has a title, but I would be tempted to call it Trolly Rage. Is that what it feels like at the moment? Or are you … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

A recipe for Christmas Pudding from Jane Austen’s mother

I know it’s too late to even think about making a Christmas pudding, but  you can always put the recipe away for next year if you fancy a literary yuletide. … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

How to deal with the problems of writing a novel – H.G. Wells QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. H.G. Wells

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – layers upon layers

I chose this drawing because I thought it somehow captured what writers often try to do, write from the inside…I am reluctant to say more because it’s not for me … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Win a University Place with this short story competition

The University of East London is breaking new ground with their free fiction competition, running for the first time this year. Open to young people aged 16-19 living or going … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

How writers should be treated by Robert A. Heinlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

Inspiring pictures for Writers – Everyday Superhero by Eric Bowman

She’s real, isn’t she? And strong. And deserves to be the star of her own story. Eric Bowman is a self-taught artist from California who was a surfboard airbrush technician … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Always wanted to write for TV or Radio? Here’s your chance

Every so often BBC Writersroom accepts unsolicited scripts. They are read blind (without names attached) so it’s an equal opportunity – your idea and writing ability will be judged alongside … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 13 Comments

You don’t get to say you’re bored – Louis CK – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – the Northern Irish coast

This is a painting of Murlough Bay in County Antrim, which is known for both its beauty and its isolation. The artist is Bernadette Breen, a contemporary Nortnern Irish landscape … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · 5 Comments

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