Does Internet Dopamine Stop You from #Reading #Books?

Where do you get your nightly dose of dopamine? No, let me put that a different way… What is your preferred visual stimulation of choice before you go to sleep? Watching a movie, the TV, going online and catching up on email, tweeting, texting, Facebook etc… or reading a book? Come on, let’s be honest. I […]

How Many of These 12 Essential #Writing Tips Do You Use?

All writers – authors, bloggers, journalists, screenwriters – have writing tips that help them.  I feel these twelve are essential for all writers. 1. Write It may seem obvious that writing is the best way to improve your craft,  but without deadlines, it’s easy to slip into the habit of not writing. I’ve recently picked […]

Rebecca Whitney: The Liar’s Chair & Traditional Publishing

Author interview: Rebecca Whitney Readers are being treated this winter to a new wave of thrillers coming mostly from the UK. One of these exciting new writers is Rebecca Whitney, whose debut novel The Liar’s Chair, was published by Mantle, an imprint of Macmillan, on January 15th. The novel was featured in the prestigious Sunday […]

To Kill a Mockingbird – Do you want to read the sequel?

Have you ever finished a novel and wished you knew what happened to the characters after the final page has been turned? It looks as if you may be able to have that experience with one of America’s greatest classics. Last week it was announced that Harper Lee is going to release another novel after 55 […]

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 […]

Can We Compare Steinbeck’s East of Eden to Breaking Bad?

Trailer of Steinbeck’s East Of Eden “I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very […]

How to Avoid 7 Deadly Sins of Short #Story #Writing

This post is a reblog from a Bridget Whelan Post. Click here for the original post This post grew out of an article I originally wrote for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing comeptition earlier this year. I recently came across the WikiHow entry on how to write a short […]

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 […]