How to Write Every Day… Or Else

[...] you can't rely on inspiration or a novel would take ten years.J G Ballard Let's face it, writing is hard and nobody really knows what they're doing. We fumble away at the page like dirty macaques reaching through a mesh fence for a slice of apple. But that's no reason to give up. Why,... Continue Reading →

Reading to Write & Vice Versa

Reading is the creative center of a writer's life.Stephen King, On Writing Reading is to writing as nourishment is to the human body, as coal is to a steam engine, and vice versa. If you read a lot, and make a habit of interrogating what you read (what the writer does through their use of... Continue Reading →

Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

What You Should Know About Writing Fiction … or Anything at All

‘Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.’James Joyce The novel is the most popular form of fiction, and the UK and US publishing industries rake in hundreds of millions every year. But the realist prose novel is a... Continue Reading →

Writing Lesson: ‘The Exorcist’ vs. ‘The Shining’

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.Stephen King Today we look at two defining novels of the horror genre, both of which have been adapted for screen to great acclaim. Adapting a work of fiction for cinema or stage sometimes means chopping it up and stitching it back together again. Other times, it might... Continue Reading →

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