Do you Want to Start #Writing Like #Steinbeck?

  This week marks the 75th anniversary of the the film release of Grapes of Wrath so I thought it was appropriate to re-purpose this post. If you want to start writing like Steinbeck, then take a look at some of the things he found important and include them in your writing.  “Learn from the best” John […]

Margaret #Atwood #Writing New Beginnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but one resolution I do have is that I want to make time for new writing. And by that, I don’t mean editing or revising, but new fiction. To that end, I came across this quote by Margaret Atwood from a Paris Review Interview in 1990. “Every […]

P.D. James – A #Writing Life of Crime

This is my last post for 2014, and in looking back over the year I wanted to remember one of the writers who died this year, British crime writer P.D. James. She was 94 yrs old. Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), known as P. D. James, was one of […]

Do You Want A Little Free Library in Your Neighbourhood?

Have you seen the Little Free Libraries that keep springing up everywhere? If not then you’re in for a real treat. Although I’d seen a couple, I’d no idea they were so widespread until I read an article by Margaret Aldrich in The Atlantic . What Are They? A Little Free library is essentially a small […]

#Muse media #Annie Proulx on Love

  Love…#Muse media #Muse Media are a series of short posts that combine different media with a notable author. “Late in the afternoon, thunder growling, that same old green pickup rolled in and he saw Jack get out of the truck, beat up Resistol tilted back. A hot jolt scalded Ennis and he was out on […]

Munir Bello – Do you Remember a Childhood Nightmare?

Do you remember a childhood nightmare? Yes, we all do. Snakes under the bed, dragons, a burglar, Dracula. Most people’s childhood nightmares are based on fearful fantasies. But in Munir Bello’s case the nightmare was real life. And something which contributes driving him in his work today. I’m very happy to welcome back Munir Bello […]

How Will you Remember Maya Angelou?

How will you remember Maya Angelou who died last week aged 86? Poet Will you remember her as the poet who, at Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993, delivered “On the Pulse of Morning”, which asks the nation to look to the future, and leave behind its cynicism? “Do not be wedded forever To fear, yoked […]

How to Write like Chekhov

I recently came across this quote from Chekhov, and for me it summed up the key to writing. It’s all in the words.  This may sound like a very obvious statement, but simplicity is not necessarily something you link with literary fiction. One Word At a Time For anyone starting a lengthy work, it’s a […]

Kickstart Your #Flash Fiction With #PhotoFlash

PHOTOFLASH Flash Fiction + Photo = Photoflash Do you want to kickstart your flash fiction into high gear?  Using photos as inspiration for your flash fiction gives your writing the double whammy kick in the pants it might need. Writing short bursts of flash fiction can also jump-start your writing mojo and make your regular prose […]

Go Tell It On The Mountain – from 101BOOKS.NET

 Robert Bruce whose site 101BOOKS.NET, is consistently voted the Best Book Blog. It is definitely my favorite book blog. He has kindly allowed me to reblog one of his posts about Go Tell It on The Mountain, but be sure to check out more of his work at 101books.net Robert is reading 100 of Time Magazine‘s greatest English-speaking novels […]