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 […]

Author in Focus: How to #Write #War like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Author in Focus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  (born 15 September 1977) is a writer from Nigeria. She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) […]

Writing #Location as #Character

  In many works of fiction, location is so vital to the heart of the book, it’s essentially another ‘character’. This doesn’t apply to all novels, but in others the author  creates a location, just like a character, that’s incredibly memorable whether real or imaginary. To me this is part of the beauty of reading […]

What is Your #Point of View?

I went onto the Sussex Downs at the weekend and was in awe of the beautiful rolling hills punctuated by the brilliant yellow of the rape fields in bloom. I mentioned to a friend how beautiful they were and his response was tempered by the fact he was allergic to them. We had a different […]

#Authors – An Infinite Writer’s Resource

Writers are always looking for resources, whether it’s for technique, style, how to get published, or ideas for a story. The single best resource is using other authors as a reference for better ways of working. During my Creative Writing Certificate course at Sussex University, we spent one semester on  ‘Special Author’.  We each chose […]

Radio Echo – What’s in a Name?

I’ve changed the name of my first novel to Radio Echo. What’s in a name? Depending on what it is  – everything.  For a person, it’s either a moniker they’re stuck with and hate their entire life, or probably for most of us it’s one we’re ok with, maybe we play around with abbreviations, nicknames, but settle for […]

Real Characters (orig. post Jan 13th)

Real Characters I recently watched a US hospital drama in which Alfre Woodard (an excellent, but underrated actor) played a writer desperate to finish a novel before her aneurism burst. She said the characters in her book were her family. I understood what she meant. They were real to her and her readers. That’s when […]

Route 66 to Writing Rooms (orig. post Jan 9th)

Route 66 to Writing Rooms. I started this week by having a spinal MRI. In order to get this layered X-ray, they slide you into a big white tube, somewhat similar I imagine, to being in a cylindrical coffin. The ceiling is about 4 inches above your head. I’ve had a number of these over […]