Have you #Read My Two favorite #Books from 2015?

I haven’t read as many books as I’d like this year, but there are two that clearly stand out for me as memorable reads of 2015. Fittingly for the 100th anniversary, they are both set in and around WWI. #Book 1: Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain This book is strictly speaking a memoir, but it […]

Why Was Evelyn Waugh “Apalled” By His Own Work?

This is a reblog of one of Robert Bruce’s posts from his fantastic website 101Books.net which is the best book site on the web in my opinion. Why Was Evelyn Waugh “Apalled” By His Own Work? by Robert on May 7, 2015 The critics love Brideshead Revisited. As you know, it’s on the Time list–that’s why I’m reading […]

10 Ways to Be Creative in the Summer

Does summertime make you feel creative and want to try new things? Or do you just like to have fun in the sun? I like both, so while I’ll be posting all through the summer, I’m taking a break from blog commenting until after Labor Day. Some of you may remember this post from last […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is the Beginning of a Novel more important than the Ending?

The beginning of a novel is crucial. Without  a good beginning, you won’t have a reader. But if the ending is unsatisfactory, it’s unlikely your reader will recommend your novel or read any more of your work. So which is more important? What links the two is the beginning and end of a circle. Yes – […]

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                   […]

PEN – Do You Have the Freedom to Write?

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International. This association of writers, campaigns for the promotion of free speech and literature around the world. It’s slogan is “The freedom to write, the freedom to read.” In the recent newsletter, the following caught my eye. Burmese poets perform in unique UK tour This month English PEN supports the promotion of Bones […]