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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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 …