Improve your English

Sure, we all make occasional errors, usually typos, when tapping away on phones or tablets using ‘auto-correct’. However, if you are making lots of regular writing errors, it soon becomes embarrassing for the adult you. Your grammar lessons at school were probably boring and incomprehensible (mine were) but you only need to know rudimentary punctuation […]

Are magazine articles SE-centric?

I used to write magazine articles as a freelance feature writer. 1000-1500 words with pictures, and interviews with experts and parents (yes, experts). I was once even shipped down from Lancashire to London (Hampstead) to interview Penelope Leach. My subject matter was parenting: fertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, birth, childcare, being a parent. It was, at that […]

The Cornish Retribution – review

By Amanda James, A Cornish Retribution was an introductory free Kindle Unlimited title I could reach the end of. So many I can’t. Genre? It is ‘domestic noir’ or ‘psychological fiction’, call it what you will, but it is not too terrifying, so that suited me. Samantha, the protagonist, is something like a Joanna Trollope-style heroine, starting […]

Considering Charlotte

Fiction is fun but there is something about real life that is better, stranger, compulsive, compelling. I know when I become obsessed by something or someone that I have to follow it through. That woman is currently Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Photo credit: LSE. Charlotte was the companionably celibate wife of George Bernard Shaw, and a keen […]

Is everyone creative?

  Science seems to accept that everyone has an element of creativity.  However, there seem to be links between the spontaneous brain and the evaluative brain, the rational side which asks: will this mega idea work? This is perhaps where some writers fall down. We all enjoy the spontaneity of creativity, the brainstorming of ideas, […]

Hello sleepyhead!

Once upon a time, I read my horoscope: Others are in awe of how much you manage to do. She laughs – out loud. Writing this, it was 1.06 am. The previous day, I woke at 4 am. I rolled over and dropped back into a light sleep. Then, by 4.30, the sky was turning […]

Judging your own writing

Having listened to a Radio 4 programme where Andrew Marr interviews “intellectual superstar” Yuval Noah Harari about algorithms and big data (scary stuff) I wondered whether we are deluding ourselves in many ways, not least regarding human creativity. Conversely, I read a magazine article about the award-winning author, Kate Atkinson, who says: You will not know […]