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The End Of YouWriteOn?

I received an email this morning from the newsletter of the YouWriteOn website advising that its closure - or at least temporary closure - will go ahead on 1st February. An effort was made at the end of last year to raise new funding for the site via a Kickstarter...

The Ghost Of Swinsty Hall

As a fantasy writer, I love ghost stories. I can mine them for all kinds of story ideas, motifs and characters. One of my favourites is right on my doorstep. Swinsty Reservoir in the winter An afternoon ramble along the woodland footpaths around Swinsty Reservoir is a...

10 Things I Do (That I Think Will Help Me Write)

1.EDITINGThis can take two forms. One’s fairly innocuous and often does have the intended effect; I quickly read over what I wrote yesterday to get me in the zone/get me into my protagonist’s/antagonist’s headspace. The other is fatal. I go back and read something I...

Why Reading Shouldn’t Be Tedious

I’ve had an online conversation today with someone who told me - in all seriousness - that reading is tedious. To put this into context, they were arguing that there is an issue with an online computer game because players are put off playing by the amount of reading...

Where Does The Word “Sunday” Come From

I was disgruntled to wake up this morning and discover it was raining heavily. My plans for a lovely long walk with my dog, Poppy, were immediately overturned as she doesn’t like the rain at all. “Whoever named this Sunday was an idiot …” I thought as I made my...

Isolation

Isolation is one of the words of the moment and - for me at least - it’s undergoing some requalification and redefinition right now. I love my own company, and I have some distinctly antisocial tendencies that are deepening as I get older. I live alone, by choice, and...

Is Fan Fiction Worth Reading Or Writing

Fan fiction has a fairly shoddy reputation on the internet, and I’m not going to deny that a lot of that is deserved. Far too often it’s no more than an excuse to produce badly written smut which doesn’t do the genre - if I can call it a genre - any favours. I have...

How Not To Waste Your Time Writing

I am having a difficult day today as far as the writing goes. It’s something that happens fairly often once I’m past the initial excitement of a new story and before I get to the editing stage. My head may be seething with ideas, but getting them down on a blank page...

How Do You Spell Discreet

Okay, so I already spelled it. I know that. But every time I come across this word lately, folks aren’t spelling it the way I do. They’re spelling it discrete. In my ancient and pedantic world, these are two completely different words with two completely different...

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