Quote: Jules Renard

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Jules Renard  .

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Rejection slips

We’ve all had ’em. Even the greats. Schadenfreude perhaps, but it’s cheering to see just how wrong publishers can be at times …     Jorge Luis Borges ‘utterly untranslatable’…

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Quote: Sylvia Plath

    You ask me why I spend my life writing? Do I find entertainment? Is it worthwhile? Above all, does it pay? If not, then, is there a reason?…

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So you don’t like Shakespeare …

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Technique: On Dialogue

Here’s Neil Cross, talking about dialogue: … there isn’t much point in listening to what people say, because what people say isn’t usually all that interesting. It’s critically important, however,…

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Writers at work: Graham Linehan

If somebody asked you for tips on becoming a better writer, what’s the one thing you’d tell them? Show don’t tell. People pay lip service to this concept but as…

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Quote: Philip Larkin

A story has a beginning, a muddle and an end. Philip Larkin .

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Lost postives

You can be implacable, disgusted, inert, nonchalant and gormless, so why can’t you be placable, gusted, ert, chalant and gorm? John Rentoul at The Independent has a list of the…

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Quote: Samuel Johnson

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson .

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NaNoWriMo – The final assessment

I’ve just spent the last two days reading through the 80,000 word novel I wrote in six-and-half weeks last year. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, I started with a blank screen and…

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