Grief, Loss and Creativity

Yesterday the world lost an incredibly talented comedian and actor. He was a man who saw me through my childhood, teens, twenties and beyond with an equal measure of thought-provoking moments and good humour. But it was no surprise to hear that the star of Dead Poets Society and Goodwill Hunting had also been battling … Continue reading Grief, Loss and Creativity

Finding New Books…

                                                           bookshelfbookstore.blogspot.com It's not always easy to find books that you will enjoy, and very often I have set a book aside to come back to or … Continue reading Finding New Books…

Breaking The Rules

Poet and short story author, Alison Lock, talks to us today about the process of writing short stories and breaking the rules. 'In contemporary fiction, technique is, on the whole, more self-conscious than ever before.' - John Gardner in The Art of Fiction. I would argue that this self-consciousness is more evident in the short story, … Continue reading Breaking The Rules

Blogging for Readers

Last week's post was on blogging for writers and I promised a post this week on blogging for readers. They deserve two separate posts in order to do them both justice. I post a few reviews, in amongst author interviews and I discuss different aspects of writing. Book bloggers do a wonderful job of reviewing and sharing books. … Continue reading Blogging for Readers

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