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… Continue reading Cruel to be Kind?

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… Continue reading I’m a Writer

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… Continue reading Writer: That Badass Machine

Writing’s True Magic

Most people only write when they have to. Shopping lists, emails. Essential, everyday stuff like that. They don’t do it for pleasure. They don’t do it for sharing. It’s a means of communication, or for jogging the memory. When someone crosses that line and begins to write as a form of expression, then their relationship… Continue reading Writing’s True Magic

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… Continue reading Submission – Can we Dominate?

A Career in Writing?

I’ve been writing all my life.  Granted, not very well, but from a very young age (11) I decided I wanted to write stories – no, books – and be a famous writer.  That decision, or maybe it’s an urge, has followed me throughout my life and, while I may not have always had the… Continue reading A Career in Writing?