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) […]

Author in Focus: Ernest Hemingway and the Iceberg Effect

Author in Focus: Ernest Hemingway and the Iceberg Effect  Hemingway Bio: Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Wikipedia Born: July 21, 1899, Oak Park, IL Died: July 2, 1961, Ketchum, […]

Can Your Computer Drain Your Creativity?

Creativity and computers have been trying to blend together for some time now. Photoshop, painting apps, word processing freeing up writing time by throwing out the tipex and carbon paper. And yet how many of you feel that the time spent in front of your computer actually drains your creativity? I recently read an article […]

The Wit and Wisdom of “Dear Abby”

Pauline Esther Philips, better known as the advice columnist Abigail Van Buren  or  “Dear Abby”, died on Jan 16th 2013. Advice columnists, many of whom are women, are often dismissed as being rather trite, lacking in true writing skills. I don’t believe that’s true, and certainly not in the case of the well-loved “Dear Abby” […]

#Muse Media: The Future and #Joyce Carol Oates

 #Muse Media #Muse Media looks for our muse by mixing prose with other media, in this case by looking at the future with Joyce Carol Oates    “Remembering backward is the easy thing. If you could remember forward, you could save yourself…” Joyce Carol Oates, The Gravedigger’s Daughter  *  Joyce Carol Oates never shys away from […]

3 Memorable Reads of 2012

Happy New Year Everyone! Over the past year, I’ve read more than thirty five books, but as you’ve doubtless read a plethora of  year end book lists, I’ll keep mine simple.  Here are three of my Memorable Reads of 2012  The Long Song    by  Andrea Levy                   […]

#Muse Media: The Past and #John Steinbeck

 Muse Media Muse Media looks for our muse by mixing prose with other media, in this case by looking at the past with John Steinbeck.  The Woody Guthrie video ‘Talking Dust Bowl Blues’ is quintessential Guthrie. * “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”  John Steinbeck from “Grapes […]

#Muse Media: Change and #Junot Diaz

 Muse Media #Muse Media is a series of  simple posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors. * * “She would be a new person, she vowed. […]

Muse Media: Books and David Mitchell

 #Muse Media:Books and David Mitchell #Muse Media is a series of  short posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors. * “Books don’t offer real escape, but […]