Apologies for cribbing the contents of this post but my right hand is in a splint and typing is tricky. We have just enjoyed the Small Wonder Festival at Charleston, so-called because it is dedicated to short prose and fiction. This year, the sixth recipient of the only award to recognise long-standing creativity and achievement … Continue reading Small Wonder Festival at Charleston
I’m late with a new blog this week and my head’s all scratchy with guilt. I’m following an 8-week course with the UnthankSchool.com on writing the short story. As well as a crit from the tutor, the students read everyone’s writing each week, post comments and ‘chat’ online on Sunday mornings. Whilst I’m flattered by … Continue reading Writing Help You Must Have
I have a completed manuscript which I am trying to place. It began as the diary of a certain two years of my life which soon became a complete history. I amended a chapter of the manscript to read as a complete piece and submitted it for the Fish Short Memoir Prize. It was shortlisted. … Continue reading Memoir…or not?
For years I avoided this. For years I've been trying to publish the traditional way. I've had some successes but small ones. Seven draft novels sit in the cupboard and I keep typing. But, in the end, the internet is irresistable and I have been seduced once before. This week, I have a short story, … Continue reading On line publishing
My memoir is complete. I have written all want to write. I have told my story. I have lost count of how many drafts I've created. I've been writing various versions of this history for the last 16 years. Lesson 1. The first draft won't do. Most writers create, destroy, re-create. Writing takes a long … Continue reading You think you have finished…
As a reader of the Saturday Guardian, I do miss the former, now demised, Review Section. My five minutes with Tim Lott were a tonic as were the many other sections of this publication. I understand re mounting costs but seems sad that various aspects of life are becomming thinner. Especially in the world of … Continue reading A Writer’s Day
We are drawing to the end of Module Three of the How to Write a Novel course, on-line with theUnthankSchool. I will talk more about this illuminating course later - giving away no free-bies. However, I want to show you what emerged from an exercise we were asked to do during a section of the … Continue reading Writing a Walk
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