15 Famous Rejection Slips

Rejection slips are part of a writer’s landscape. All authors get them at one time or another, and they usually reflect the opinion of one particular reader — often an…

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Writing with a tomato

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of time-management many writers find useful. It was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s and takes its name from the tomato-shaped kitchen timer…

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“A little lesbian joke …”

The Bechdel test — sometimes called the Bechdel-Wallace test — began as “a little lesbian joke in an alternative feminist newspaper” back in 1985. Posed in a comic strip by…

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Context is everything! Cats and dogs in the Bible

I spotted this quote in a magazine this week … “The dog is mentioned in the Bible 18 times — the cat not even once.” –W E Farbstein, on the…

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Imaginary friends …

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Publish. A lot!

Publish. A Lot: For those of you who have spent 10 years writing your last book I have news for you. You have ten days to write your next one….

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Lee Child on writing and research

A while back I asked Lee Child a question. Not in person, but via a Goodreads author promotion, and he was gracious enough to give a detailed reply. I suspect…

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The collective insanity of the publishing industry

“Publishing is about she who writes and she who reads. Everyone else can lend a hand or fuck off.” Hugh Howey Gene Doucette has a few things to say about…

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5 English language myths

The problem — and the delight — of the English language is that there is no such thing as Standard English. Plenty of other languages have language regulators, but there…

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J K Rowling on rejection slips (and more!)

A fascinating interview with J K Rowling (AKA Robert Galbraith) in The Guardian.   J K Rowling on rejection slips: … the first publisher ever to turn down Harry [Potter]…

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