My New Bookshop

After much thought I have decided to break with Amazon as an affiliate for my bookshop. For ethical reasons I made the decision that I could no longer support a large conglomerate that did not pay taxes in the countries where they sell and have gained such a bad reputation for their workers. Bookshop.org supports…… Continue reading My New Bookshop

More favourite websites for inspiration

Following on from my previous list here are a few more of my favourite websites that give inspiration to writers. Wonderbook – A website supporting the book of the same name. If you haven’t got the book yet it’s seriously worth a look. It’s a guide to writing science fiction and fantasy (but the advice…… Continue reading More favourite websites for inspiration

1000 Words a day

Stephen King (among others) advises writing up to 1000 words a day. I can see the benefit in this as it exercises your writing muscles and gets you into some sort of routine. It also means that, if you write 500 or 1000 words every day, in a week you will have written 3,500 -…… Continue reading 1000 Words a day

Do you keep your characters safe or do you throw them into the storm?

The title above was adapted from an excerpt in Slightly Foxed; issue 65, from the wonderful Foxed Quarterly, which I have included here: … recommending that we put forward honestly the reasons we have for a belief, Thouless admits that such a method is likely to be unpopular with those ‘who want a feeling of…… Continue reading Do you keep your characters safe or do you throw them into the storm?

Updating website

As I update there may be some posts or images not appearing. I’m in the process of fixing that. Some links may take you to strange places until I get the categories sorted out, but you can use the search bar at the bottom of the page to look for something specific (as long as…… Continue reading Updating website

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Who’s eating Grandma? The importance of correct punctuation

Commas give meaning to sentences Commas are important to inject the correct meaning into a sentence, particularly long sentences. They also have an important role to play in short sentences, and if you don’t get it right there could be awful consequences. Let’s do a quick exercise to show how dangerous it can be if…… Continue reading Who’s eating Grandma? The importance of correct punctuation

Surprise yourself with simple language

Write in your own words

Making yourself understood Language is what we rely on to understand something we are being told. We expect to know what it means. The only way we can do that is if the giver of the information delivers it clearly. Your choice of words, the sequence you put them in and the structure of your sentences…… Continue reading Surprise yourself with simple language

Oo-er, I’m a student

I’ve been dithering over whether to sign up for a Creative Writing course with The Writers Bureau for some time now and finally took the plunge last night. The prospectus had, at first, looked a bit overwhelming, with 27 modules covering everything from the writing market, opportunities, presenting your work, writing articles, reviews, fiction, non-fiction,…… Continue reading Oo-er, I’m a student