First Drafts

The previous post about blogging received a record level of traffic and an unprecedented response, given this blog's short life span, so I'll come back to it and write more on the topic soon. It is clearly a subject that people feel strongly about and I had not realised the level of passion and dedication … Continue reading First Drafts

Short Story Publications

This is just a short post with some news, written mainly because of several messages I have had from people about short story writing.  I am hearing from an increasing number of authors who enjoy writing novels, but feel intimidated by short stories, or worry that the form is so different that it would be … Continue reading Short Story Publications

How You Can Use Your Reading Experience to Shape Your Writing

I was asked to write a guest blog post on Marianne Wheelaghan's writing blog which is full of useful writing tips. She teaches creative writing classes at http://www.writingclasses.co.uk and is the author of two books. I would recommend reading some of her articles and getting to know her on twitter and on the blog.  My post is … Continue reading How You Can Use Your Reading Experience to Shape Your Writing

5 Ways to Write More Effectively

W.H. Auden's Desk (copyright F.C. Malby) I know there are many lists of 'to to-dos' and 'not-to-dos' for writing and endless amounts of advice, but I just wanted to add a few things which I have found really helpful (some of them dietary!) Write first thing in the morning if you can. I know that … Continue reading 5 Ways to Write More Effectively

The Creative Process

Author Jon Rance is guest posting today on the creative process of his writing. His book, This Thirtysomething Life, published by Hodder and Stoughton, is a love story about what happens after we've fallen in love, when we've swapped frolicking in the bed for cigarettes in the shed and Match of the Day for Mothercare. … Continue reading The Creative Process