I used to co-own a publishing business, where we created local history/interest titles, but also had some massive print runs … Continue reading Getting published
Teaching is terrific, but learning is better. I’m totally thrilled that my super students have taught me so many things, for … Continue reading What I’ve learned from my wonderful writing students …
Sure, we all make occasional errors, usually typos, when tapping away on phones or tablets using ‘auto-correct’. However, if you … Continue reading Improve your English
I used to write magazine articles as a freelance feature writer. 1000-1500 words with pictures, and interviews with experts and … Continue reading Are magazine articles SE-centric?
Fiction is fun but there is something about real life that is better, stranger, compulsive, compelling. I know when I … Continue reading Considering Charlotte
Science seems to accept that everyone has an element of creativity. However, there seem to be links between the … Continue reading Is everyone creative?
Most of us know very little but the commonly held belief is that we should write what we know. Personally, … Continue reading Should we write what we know?
Except perhaps the triviality of the word ‘ hobby’! I’m rather behind on my Mslexia reading, so I’m catching up … Continue reading There’s nothing wrong with writing as a hobby!
Having listened to a Radio 4 programme where Andrew Marr interviews “intellectual superstar” Yuval Noah Harari about algorithms and big data … Continue reading Judging your own writing
Listening to Dr Helen Rappaport discussing her latest book, The Race to Save the Romanovs, her account of her detailed … Continue reading The importance of research
Many writers, especially self-published ones who need to self promote more than others, use social media to get their message … Continue reading Social media – why self promotion bores us all
“One pearl is better than a whole necklace of potatoes,” so said the French mime artist, Etienne Decroux. In writing, … Continue reading Pimp Your Prose
Had a little chat about the seasons yesterday, how autumn kills the summer with ‘the softest kiss’. Not my words, … Continue reading Which season?
Seeking something to wear, my iPad operating at 5.30 a.m. while he sleeps, I work my way through the clearance … Continue reading Flash fiction. Buying Back Dreams
It’s a rare event for me to watch television, but there is something about a serious social documentary focusing on … Continue reading Review – The Mighty Redcar BBC 2