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10 things Hilary Mantel knows about writing Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

This list is an extract from a post by Hilary Mantel, the international bestselling author, and seems like a good and thought-provoking way to start the new year. It originally … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Seven Deadly Sins of Short Story Writing and how to avoid them

This post grew out of an article I originally wrote for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing competition earlier this year. I recently … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 11 Comments

William Safire on the Great Rules of Writing — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) William Salfire on cliches, superlatives and other misdemeanours

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · 2 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

Monday Creative Writing – In dialogue do we have to stick with HE SAID, SHE SAID?

Bestselling crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died last month aged 87, had 10 Rules for Writing. Number three was Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. “The … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

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 · 4 Comments

Quotes for Writers and people who like quotes DEBORAH MOGGACH on the best time to write

Discover the times when you’re most creative – mornings, nights, afternoons – and clear the time to work then. Many writers find the mornings are best, and the afternoons are … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment