Diving In: Writing and How to Get Started

I read so many pieces of writing advice about planning your work, plotting and figuring out each chapter before you begin but I would like to propose just diving in. Some of my best work has been a blind journey into a world where there is no clear plot or outcome from the beginning, and … Continue reading Diving In: Writing and How to Get Started

If The World Stopped Reading I Would Still Be Writing

I hear many authors complain of time constraints, low income from books, isolation from a workplace or other people, writer's block and many other issues and, while I understand these, I also want to scratch my head and ask whether writing is the best use of their time. Writing IS hard and it IS time … Continue reading If The World Stopped Reading I Would Still Be Writing

Blogging for Writers

My earlier post about blogging received a huge amount of interest and it appears to be a subject close to the hearts of many readers. I promised to come back to it, so I'd like to start with a post on blogging for writers. I'm aiming to look at blogging for readers in a separate … Continue reading Blogging for Writers

Author Interview with Matt Haig

From your experience of journalism, as well as novel writing, has one fed in to the other in any way? Journalism teaches you to be economical with words. It tells you not to be too self-indulgent. What do you most like to read and are there any books you have read recently that have stood … Continue reading Author Interview with Matt Haig

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