Passion. Persistence. Patience: professionalism in writing, or ‘The Four Pillars’ of a writer.
Have you ever entered a room, perhaps suddenly, perhaps uninvited, perhaps distractedly, and sensed at once that something was amiss between the people already there before you?
I love giving Creative Writing workshops. I love the mix of enthusiasm and optimism that surrounds all of those who walk through the door on the first morning. There is usually a whiff of fear in [...]
These days, when we make an appointment, or check a date, or want to make a note to ourselves about something that we really must remember, most of us reach for our phones.
Remember all those ‘compositions’ you had to write when you were in primary school? Remember the laborious string of sentences you used to make up, one after the other, documenting all the things [...]
Are there hard and fast rules to be followed when writing a book? Probably not – but the following observations may help.
Rules for Writers, chapter four: why you need to feed your imagination, and how to do that.
Rule Number Three of There Are No Rules for writers is this: if you want to write, then you need to draw up a contract with yourself to make the writing happen.
The second chapter of my rules for writers: inspiration.