#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 […]

Savouring Taste Treats: Using the Senses in Writing

Senses evoke such different responses in everyone, so it was fantastic to get feedback from people about their experiences, from last week’s blog, ‘Music Evoking Memories’. Thank you. When we try to describe a situation we might have encountered to someone else,  we often simply talk about what we saw, or maybe what was said. But for an […]

#Music Evoking #Memory

Supposedly the sense of smell is the most evocative of the senses in terms of memory. Whenever I catch a whiff of flowers beginning to fade I am ten years old on my knees behind the blackboard, changing flowers from  one thick glass vase to another, the water green and smelly. There are worse memories. […]

To e- or not to e- That is the Question (orig. post Feb 9th)

To e- or not to e- that is the question: Whether ’tis Nobler for the novel to suffer The trends and whims of publishing world fortune, Or to e-Book, instead of a Sea of Submissions, And by virtual means, end them…   To e-publish or not? Strictly speaking it’s to self-publish or not that’s the […]

Italian Jews in the Holocaust (orig.posted Jan 27th)

 You who live safe In your warm houses…    Consider if this is a man     Who works in the mud     Who does not know peace     Who fights for a scrap of bread   Who dies because of a yes or no.   From ‘If this is a Man’ by […]

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 […]