Category Archives: About Writing

You are a Writing God

Recently, I’ve repeatedly heard new creative writing students state variants of the following of phrase, ‘I didn’t know what to write next, so I just made this up’. My response, ‘Of course you made it up. It’s fiction.’

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23 Things – Finding Presentations and Podcasts

’23 Things’ has asked those of us on the course to explore online presentations and podcasts, so now would be a good time to point out a few podcasts on literature and creative writing.

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Quick Post – 95% not alone

The Thesis Whisperer posts about habitually getting only 95% of her writing completed. Personally, I don’t think anyone gets 100% of their work completed 100% of the time. There will always be stories that go unwritten, blog ideas that never … Continue reading

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Quick Post — How Not to Write a Novel

My favourite writing book is How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman. I come back to it reguarly. Not only is it fun to read, but it keeps me grounded. Everytime I think, ‘I’ve got … Continue reading

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Stranger than Fiction

There is a wonderful quotation we all know and often state, ‘The truth is stranger than fiction’. The conversation often goes something like this: Person 1 – ‘Did you hear about that guy who grew an extra leg while taking … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Worst Things about Being an Writer

Thanks to my thespian friends, ‘The Top 10 Worst Things about Being an Actor‘ has cropped up on my social media feed, and it certainly highlights how similar are the lives of actors and writers. Therefore, I’ve put together a … Continue reading

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Dreaming in Dialect

I wrote this blog as a guest post, but it was never published. But as tomorrow is a special day for me – Scotland is voting whether or not to split from the Union and it’s my ten year anniversary … Continue reading

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