Appreciating Scribbling

The problem with writing a novel or even short fiction is the ego we carry with us. Some of us just like to watch the world rather than imprison it on the page. The art of scribbling is often forgot in the craft of writing. Awhile back during house renovations I placed several of my…

When A Man Becomes A Woman

I am writing in the vignette style again and there is a moment that shocks me, my narrator halfway through a short story reveals they are pregnant. Up to now I have been in the default setting that the protagonist is male but looking back at what I have been writing, I suddenly realise that…

A Mad Dog in a Coffee House

What type of writer are you? There are two distinct variations on the writer (this includes the poet too), the planner and the doer. A simple way to test this is to do the task, a mad dog in a coffee house. Ask a group of writers to imagine this scenario and write about it, that is all. You do not…

Why Reading Means Writing

Let’s talk reading, I never read for pleasure, all reading to me is research. The act of discovery. The act of learning. The art of pleasure is something very different. When I read I step through a door into worlds that I could never imagine. Reading can make me think of things, ideas pop out…

Angels and Demons: The Creation of Myth

You can follow me here each Wednesday through the #clifimadness project which chronicles my research into climate change and how addressing it in fiction, the novel form, may be the answer to reaching a wider audience. I will chronicle my everyday ramblings on twitter and Facebook, please sign up for info there. “A mind not…

Crucible of Time (1983)

You can follow me here each Wednesday through the #clifimadness project which chronicles my research into climate change and how addressing it in fiction, the novel form, may be the answer to reaching a wider audience. I will chronicle my everyday ramblings on twitter and Facebook, please sign up for info there. Published in 1983,…

After The Dust Has Settled

So, let’s do a few checks: #100daysofwriting, done, #ayearofwriting, done, sanity, gone long ago, work produced, more than I have produced in several years of procrastination. I have written nine short stories and there’s one yet to complete, I average around 21,000 words a story when writing. Now, here’s for the Rachel Riley moment, 21,…

A Year of Writing: Days 351-360

We’re on the final homestretch, you can see it unfold day by day at my Facebook page. Day 351 of #ayearofwriting and my scribbling over the last few days has started to hone down to a single idea. There is something about the outsider that appeals to me. I consider myself to be an outsider, looking in,…

A Year of Writing: Days 341-350

You can follow my daily rambles on twitter and Facebook. Day 341 of #ayearofwriting and throughout this project I have not had a space of my own. Now, after many years the bookcases are in my office. Craft books, poetry books, collections and fiction burbles out of boxes and back onto the shelves. There are text books I have taught,…

Let’s Talk About Climate Change

Have you got your biscuits and a nice cup of tea? Have you cleaned up? Done the pots and hoovered around? Have you made sure that you’ve dusted? Do you see where I am going with these questions? It’s an analogy for how writers are tackling climate change. It’s one of the reasons I am…

Can You Predict A Rejection?

The simple answer would be, ‘No’. That would be a very short post. Yet, the industry thrives on workshops and posts that tell you how to minimise rejection. Funnily enough you never see this when it comes to dating, who would attend such painful, public workshops? Steve from Bolton states that after dating Tracey from…

A Year of Writing: Days 331-340

You can follow my daily rambles on twitter and Facebook. See you there,  eyes down for a full house… Day 331 of #ayearofwriting and I am at the end of draft 5 of Ms Hayashida. I have cut around 2000 words, pointless tangents that bring nothing to what the truth of the story is. What it is…