for writers and readers….

Probably the best definition of a short story – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be … Continue reading

February 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Literary Names (and the seductive qualities of research) Writing article number 7 from the archives

This post is really about the dangers of being seduced by research. It all started with a tiny snippet of irrelevant information on twitter telling me that a popular girl’s … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 11 Comments

Why there will always be books with cardboard covers and paper pages – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

As Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, over twenty years before the Kindle showed up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

The Thin White Duke – read Neil Gaiman’s short story

Instead of the usual Sunday quote about writing, I found this short story from Neil Gaiman, the author and graphic novelist. He published The Return of the Thin White Duke … Continue reading

January 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

New Year quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Neil Gaiman I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writers on bookshops and why we have to love them Quotes for Writers (and readers)

Word Power* is everything a book shop should be. It has a local bias, puts on interesting events, and is in a cool part of town. I like book shops … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

The one difference between writers and other people – NEIL GAIMAN Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 5 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Link the three pictures….because there’s a story to tell

Don’t censor yourself just write. Don’t cross out. Just write. Try to keep your hand moving across the page or the keyboard. A lot of what you are going to … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

So much better than having a road named after you…

Just read in GALLEYCAT that today Sunday August 18 the city of Portsmouth – famous for its naval base – is going to honour author Neil Gaiman by naming a … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Rules for Writing

This week not so much an exercise more of a debate. Lots of writers have developed their own set of rules for writing and in February 2010 The Guardian asked … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 5 Comments