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Constrained Competition

June 23rd, 2015

typewriter-BlogSince we did the limerick competition back in May (click here to read the winning limericks) I’ve been looking into constrained writing – any kind of writing that has to fit a pattern or obey particular rules. We all know some of these: haiku; sonnet; iambic pentameter. Even if you don’t know the specific structures involved, most of us have an idea what they are. But what about univocalic poetry, where verses use only one of the eight available vowels, or chaterism, where the length of words in a phrase increase or decrease in a uniform way, like: “I am the best Greek bowler playing?” Read the rest of this entry »




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You Pays Your Money And You Takes Your Choice

May 26th, 2015

WattBlog-BlogHave you come across Wattpad? I just discovered it a couple of days ago and … I’m in two minds. Where I can see there’s definitely something interesting going on, I’m not really sure it’s for me.

Wattpad is a Canadian based story-sharing website, like a Facebook or Youtube for writers. Stories and poems are shared in over fifty languages, and the stat’s for membership and reading are quite impressive: 40 million users per month with an average user session of thirty minutes. Readers are encouraged to post comments about work they’ve read, writers have profile pages where you can message them privately, and there are a number of Forums where both writers and readers join in extended conversations. Generally, from what I can see, people are serialising novels and putting them up one chapter at a time. Some attract thousands of readers, and one I noticed – Flawed by someone calling themselves bnflan has been read an enormous 2, 410, 414 times. Read the rest of this entry »




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Christmas Is Coming

May 11th, 2015

xmas-tree-BlogI’m branching out. As well as blogs, songs and stories, I’m going to start writing articles. I know I can do it, and I certainly need the money. So I’m getting organised – ready to work.

First job is setting up my own editorial calendar. And how do you do that? Well, scooting around the internet I found a great series of ‘How To’ articles at Lorelle on WordPress. They’re aimed mainly at bloggers, but I’ve found their tips useful for all sorts of writing jobs. Amongst other things, they pointed me toward a website called timeanddate.com where I’ve customized a calendar covering the whole of the next eighteen months. Telling it where I live, it’s included all my local state and religious holidays, so I now have everything from Pancake Day to Diwali on a massive one page per month wall-hanging that’s going to be the foundation of my article writing campaign. Read the rest of this entry »




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Take a Break

April 13th, 2015

Castle.Rigg-blogHow’s the writing going? Sometimes I love that question – not always though. Take the past few weeks. Since early March I’ve been working on a story for the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize (closing date 22 June.) Putting together the first draft was great, but it ran to 7,500 words and the competition maximum is 4,000 so when I started editing, things got tough. I lived under a little cloud for the best part of a week – ask my wife. Read the rest of this entry »




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Where There’s a Will …

March 30th, 2015

Knights-Vampire-BlogCarole Taylor’s a stubborn lass. Even back at school she told everyone that, one day, she was going to write a book. Now, granted, she did get a bit side-tracked raising a family (and with her daughter the deputy head of a London primary school, son a departmental leader in an international bank, I think we can assume she put a reasonable amount of effort into that.) More recently, there’s been a major health scare with her heart. And now, as well as working part time for a TV production company, her first grandchild’s appeared on the scene … Nonetheless, she never did give up on that book thing and, in the end, didn’t just write one, but five. They’re not only written either, she’s had them all published as ebooks by an American online publisher. So, if any of you out there were thinking it was too late to get started on a writing career – read on. Read the rest of this entry »




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