Fire and smoke

I was just reading an interesting blog post from Alex Keegan and came across this great quote from Arthur Plotnik: “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. You edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” Indeed.

How to come up with short story ideas

Blocked up like a bank holiday motorway? Devoid of any writing ideas? Here’s my Five Step Short Story Idea Generating Process (TM pending). Take a blank sheet of paper and make a random list of characters and their objectives. For example: A man who desperately needs £100,000 within a week; a woman who must get […]

How hard is it to write?

Writing can sometimes be very difficult. How’s that for an understatement? But how hard, or easy, is it meant to be? Here are three very different reports from the coal face of the writing industry: 1) In Slate magazine Garrison Keillor tells writers it’s easy, so stop moaning: “The fact of the matter is that […]