Carl H. Klaus I’ve read a lot of personal essays, and read a lot about them, but I’m not sure I’ve ever written one. I say ‘not sure’ because I’ve maybe written quite a few in notebooks, or written words that could be turned into an essay, but have never tried to actually produce one […]
Great image from Gaping Void Because I spend so much time on my own, at my desk, writing, with nobody else in the house apart from the dog, people often ask me whether I get lonely. I don’t, usually. This isn’t because I’m an antisocial misanthrope. I enjoy company, mostly. The reason I don’t get […]
I bought someone a Kindle for Christmas, or contributed my share of the cost. A useful gadget, but I prefer to have all my books where I can see them, on the shelf. I was looking at one of those shelves late last night, from the comfort of my chair, and pulled down a copy […]
Yesterday was my first day back at work. Over the holidays, as usual, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to balance my working day, how to mix my different responsibilities. The aim, as always, is to find more time to write. Because if I had more time to write….ah, well. How much […]
A Boxing Day walk through the frozen pear orchards.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
This is what we could see yesterday from the window of our Devon holiday cottage. Winter Wonderland.