Young Forever?

I love science.  Or at least, I love the idea of science.  If I truly loved it, I’d no doubt be a scientist. Sadly, I don’t have the attention to detail or the propensity for taking notes and making observations a true scientists needs.  So I’m happy to let other people do all that, and I’ll play…

Back in the Day

Hit the wrong key when typing your 300-page manuscript, what do you do?  Why, backspace and retype, duh! We’re so lucky these days to have these fabulous machines that let us not only correct when we make a typo, but autocorrect for us, let us lift whole passages and move them around, cut out vast swathes, insert new…

Cruel to be Kind?

On the Writers Anon blog today, I discussed how valuable being part of a supportive writing group can be.  It’s not always possible to join a group, though.  Being one of Taunton’s most popular writing groups, there’s not always space available for newcomers at the Writers Anon meetings.  Though we’ve never actually turned anyone away, it’s…

I’m a Writer

At what point does someone decide, yes, I’m a writer. That’s my job. That’s who I am. Unless someone’s a journalist or has trained in writing as a career, a person will probably think of their ‘day job’ when a new acquaintance asks, what do you do? Because that’s what they mean, isn’t it? What…

Writer: That Badass Machine

Anyone can run, but not everyone’s a runner.  Similarly anyone can write, but not everyone’s a writer. What is it, though, that makes someone a writer instead of just someone who can write? Like a runner, a writer will train themselves. They learn discipline and discover techniques, they invest in equipment and training courses to…

Submission – Can we Dominate?

You’ve done it. You’ve finished your book, edited and re-written, proofread and read it through for the thousandth time. It’s ready. What now? For most writers, the answer will be to go the traditional route and try to get it published by one of the major publishing houses. It takes more than just popping it…