August is archive month. Posts from the past

Write a chilling ghost story…international competition and publishing opportunity

The Fiction Desk publish an anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, with volumes published in January, May and September. Individual books are available for £9.99, either from their website … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 4 Comments


From the archives – as I am in the middle of assignment season. I wrote this post in November 2010 and November  seems the right month for ghost stories. Here … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

READING LIKE A WRITER – how did they do that?

This is part of my new look Mondays. For about a year I have posted creative writing exercises at the start of the week (you can find a small selection … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to write about things that go bump in the night GUEST POST from Kath McGurl

 Today I’m delighted to hand my blog over to Kath McGurl. Kath and I have never met but over the last 12 months I have become aware of just how … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

INTERNATIONAL ghost story competition

The Fiction Desk is running a short story competition for all English-speaking writers aged 16 or over. There’s a first prize of £500, and a second prize of £100; both … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Which books scare a scary writer?

I am very lucky. In every issue of creative writing magazine WHAT THE DICKENS I invite a guest writer to recommend eight books that they have read, re-read and would … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment