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Things you don’t know you know

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

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Neil Gaiman on Piracy

“I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up, they put my stories up, they put my stuff up on the web. And I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright.”

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How to wreck a planet

The headlines say it all: Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace World…

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Quotes : Rebecca West

“If one is a woman writer there are certain things one must do. First, not be too good; second, die young. What an edge Katherine Mansfield has on all of…

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Free Books!

A couple of my books have been selected by American author Mike Wells as part of his Mysteries & Thrillers in Exotic Locales giveaway. They’re free! (But for a limited…

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Quote: Russell Blake

“Seven years is a long time. Over half many dogs’ lives. Little over 2500 days. During which time I’ve written something like … five million published words. Not counting blogs,…

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So, how much have you written today?

According to Guinness World Records, L. Ron Hubbard is credited with having the most published works by one author (1,084). But the man who once said, “You don’t get rich…

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Quote: Robert Benchley

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” Robert Benchley

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How to write a novel in 10 days

Several years ago, US author Dean Wesley Smith wrote a novel in 10 days — and documented the process on the web, charting his progress with regular (and often multiple)…

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Caveat Author

Things didn’t go too well for Canadian author Robert L Barclay after his manuscript was accepted by “a commercial publisher that has its offices in London, England.” Sounding more like…

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