for writers and readers….

How to use Shakespeare in the office

A video guide to using the best Shakespearean insults in the office…because you never know when you might need one.

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

GHOST Characters

This article has suddenly appeared from the archives, wailing and rattling chains… Ghost Character is a phrase used by academics for characters  listed in a Shakespeare play but who don’t … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Three literary devices to add zing to your prose…

I’m a long time fan of Janice Hardy’s Fiction University. With over 1000 well-written and thought-provoking articles  available for free online on such subjects as writing, editing and selling your … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Leonard Cohen on Yeats and Shakespeare – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

As a young man, Yeats spoke to me in a way I could understand. Shakespeare I couldn’t understand, but Yeats I could. It was his subject matter and also I … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

Valentine’s Day – love without the claptrap….

The origins: The Oxford University Press Blog cites three possible sources. Valentine of Terni, martyred circa AD 197, for his Christianity. Another possible origin, Valentine of Rome, circa AD 289, … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

When you compete with Shakespeare there’s only going to be one winner….Virginia Woolf Quotes for writers (and anyone who likes quotes)

I read Shakespeare directly I finished writing. When my mind is agape and redhot. Then it is astonishing. I never yet knew how amazing his stretch and speed and word-coining … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Naked Writer — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

“You are always naked when you start writing; you are always as if you had never written anything before; you are always a beginner. Shakespeare wrote without knowing he would … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Did you know these LITERARY NAMES were invented by authors?

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

June 25, 2013 · 11 Comments


This is not a term for characters who happen to be dead…I have just discovered it is a phrase used by academics for characters who are listed in a Shakespeare … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

MONDAY creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. DESCRIPTION

This a great exercise for the days when you have no time to write. When you’re in the kitchen preparing dinner you can jot down ideas while the pasta is … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 4 Comments