Writers and Writing – Take Four

Let's see what this evening brings us. Oh, yes. Quite! The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home. (John Campbell) Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat …

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Playing Psycho Is Not A Game

I found this post and it brought back at a moment's notice the point I was making in an earlier article, about the responsibility we, as authors, have. No better way to illustrate my point. If you feel strongly enough about this, please pass it on. Thank you. Here's a link to the complete post, …

Writers and Writing – Take Three

Relaxing again, and thinking of... well... writing. Here is what amused me today, mostly because I recognise a grain of truth in there, somewhere. I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading. (V. S Naipaul) There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't …

Plain English Experiment

Next time you want to say something in a sensitive, tactful fashion, thank your lucky stars you're a writer, and therefore inherently good with words. Where would diplomacy be without writers? Politicians would have bigger budgets for cudgels than for speech writing. With a writer's help, when a department loses its focus and squanders time …

Career Reassessment – The One Week Writer

(From my archives) Day 1 I like books. Yesterday I went out and got myself a diary, new pens (various colours) and an adequate supply of chocolate. The plan is that today I begin my great writing experience. I've decided I'm going to be a writer. I am determined to write the next Great British …