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February 14, 2019

Where does a writer get inspiration from? This is a very common question asked of authors. So, it's about time, I thought, I had a little practise at answering it.

September 15, 2018

There is little more poisonous to a burgeoning writing career than the wrong advice. I've followed much over the years -- some of which resulted in my creativity grinding to a halt. So, here are the three worst pieces of writing advice I ever followed.

July 18, 2018

I love getting lost in a piece of descriptive prose so vivid I have to pause and relish it a moment longer. But this is a rarity. In truth, the best descriptions are those that blend effortlessly with the surrounding narrative. Here are my tips for incorporating your d...

May 15, 2018

I love getting lost in a well-written piece of descriptive prose -- something so vivid I have to pause and relish it a moment longer -- both as a reader and as a writer. Here are the 3 layers of description I apply to my own writing.

April 15, 2018

I love getting lost in other people's writing. And nothing more so than in a well written piece of descriptive prose -- something that is so vivid I have to pause and relish it a moment longer. Here are 4 of my favourites to help inspire your own writing.

March 14, 2018

I often lament at how little time I seem to have to dedicate to writing. So how have I arrived at a point where, having apparently done so little work, I have three stories vying for publication in professional markets?

September 15, 2017

Characters are what make stories. I endeavour to bring character growth of some sort into every story that I write using 3 precepts.

July 15, 2017

Podcasts, in case you missed it, are the dog's bollocks at the moment. Here are my 3 essential podcasts for any wannabe writer.

May 25, 2017

I love writing groups (mine is exceptional). They are essential to the success of any newbie writer -- especially one who wants to progress to author. But why?

April 22, 2017

J K Rowling is a master of the art of story-telling. And having read one of her books for the first time, I endeavour to find out why.

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