August 31st, 2015
Of all the things you do, what do you think might be ‘dangerous?’ Driving? Cooking? How about D.I.Y? – risky stuff. But what put me out of action a few months ago was, possibly, the most dangerous of them all … writing. Read the rest of this entry »
August 27th, 2015
Writers are a lonely breed and when you are down on your luck it can seem the whole world is against you. But it’s amazing how at the very moment life looks at its bleakest - you’ve had your favourite story rejected for the 18th time or an editor has been unimpressed with your article ideas - something unexpectedly wonderful happens that has you dancing round the sofa.
That happened to me recently during a wet, miserable Summer Sunday afternoon. I was sitting watching the torrential rain bouncing off the ground, wondering if I could take the new barbecue back to the store for a refund. Feeling sorry for myself, I switched on the computer to check my email, expecting nothing beyond the usual notices urging me to switch my gas supplier, help mysterious international bankers shift ill-gotten money out of dictatorships, and find true romance with Author Harmony Dating. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20th, 2015
First this week, before I even say thanks to Helen, I must apologise for our continuing lack of pictures. We hate having a dowdy blog, and we’ve got our back-room boys beavering away at getting things sorted.
Now on to Helen’s contribution last week. All I can say is that I couldn’t have put together a better list of tips myself. Her comments cover so many of the basics that novice writers need to take on board if they are to be successful and, what’s more, survive! Read the rest of this entry »
August 15th, 2015
You may well think: so if she’s a novice, what’s the point of reading further? But I can actually comment, as an MA student and a pupil of the Writers Bureau course and, like all writers, I am eager to share my thoughts and pass on these tips.
1. Show don’t tell
Above all else, this phrase was drummed into me at every turn. Give your reader scope to use their imagination. Imply, don’t be too explicit, or you will kill the magic in your story. Read the rest of this entry »
August 10th, 2015
First, thanks to Vincent for last Friday’s blog. It’s always good to see how authors from different countries approach their writing – but I suspect the sentiments he expressed are pretty universal!
Have you been watching the BBC drama Life in Squares? I must admit that I saw the first episode and then started to find it rather tedious. That’s possibly because when forced to read and analyse copious amounts of Virginia Woolf’s work for my degree I found it something of a chore. ‘Stream of consciousness’, and the Bloomsbury set in general, aren’t really my cup of tea. Read the rest of this entry »