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It’s a Shark-filled Lagoon Out There warns Margaret Atwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I wish you good writing and good luck. Even if you’ve already done the good writing, you’ll still need the good luck. It’s a shark-filled lagoon out there. Cross your … Continue reading

December 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – leap into the fantastic

This photograph stopped me in my tracks. There’s something delicious about the colours and the lines of the uniform. Out of context the men might be taken for actors or … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

“Why do men feel threatened by women?” asked Margaret Atwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS and everyone

Given the events over the last few weeks , I thought it would be a good idea to post the words of Margret Atwood: Why do men feel threatened by … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · 8 Comments

Neither all instruction, nor all entertainment, say Margaret Atwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If it’s all instruction, you get annoyed with it and bored, and you stop reading. If it’s all entertainment, you read it quite quickly, your heart going pitty-pat, pitty-pat. But … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Margaret Atwood on the problems of knowing what’s going to happen next… Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Favourite book covers

I’m editing a charity anthology right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about book covers. Over the years some covers have burned into my memory – a sudden artistic … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

A petition made by writers that touches us all

I don’t know if petitions work. I don’t know if demonstrations work. All I know is that it is better than keeping quiet and this is something that touches all … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Getting pigeon-holed by Dragons – TERRY PRATCHETT Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We categorize too much on the basis of unreliable assumption. A literary novel written by Brian Aldiss must be science fiction, because he is a known science fiction writer; a … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Changes….number one

I’m making a couple of changes around here, dusting a few corners, tweaking a few curtains. First thing to go is is my regular Monday morning creative writing slot, not … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

FLASH FICTION Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Flash Fiction goes by many names: micro fiction, sudden fiction, short short stories, skinny stories (with no fat), postcard fiction and in China it translates to a palm sized smoke … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

Why you SHOULD judge a book by its cover

Self or indy publishing offers a of lot of possibilities to writers, but there are many pitfalls too. A recent article on The Huffington Post explores the depths that the … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 2 Comments