The power of the short story – 5 reasons we should write them (and read them)

In previous blogs I have advocated blog writing as tool for improving your writing, whatever your genre or subject.  Here I want to champion short story writing.  Also the reading of short stories.  I think […]

5 more reasons writers should blog

Some months ago I wrote a blog, ‘5 reasons why writers should blog’.  Well many more weeks of blogging have strengthened my belief of how important it is, to me at least as a writer.  […]

‘If it doesn’t move the story along, take it out,’ – good advice or not?

OK, hands up, who’s been given, or read the advice that: ‘if it doesn’t move the story along, take it out’?   Or at least words to that effect.  My guess is just about every writer […]

8 Writers ‘Resolutions’

I’m calling these resolutions because it’s that time of year.  But they’re more a collection of things I know I need to do to “maximise my potential” (sorry that’s a phrase from a previous incarnation […]

30, yes 30! things I’ve learnt in 2013

2013 in many ways has been a big year for me.  I started blogging, twitter and e-published my first two books.  So, in no particular order, this is what I’ve learnt this year: Twitter isn’t […]