Monthly Archives: January 2018

In praise of … iThoughts

iThoughts: intuitive, adaptable – and the pleasing graphics, ┬ácolours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit ­čśë Continue reading

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Raising the stakes

I’ve become a teeny-weeny bit wary of writing exercises because they can┬áso easily become yet another excuse not to actually write. But there are exceptions! Continue reading

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No, it’s not easy!

ar that I have “lost it”. I gaze into space, go for runs, tidy kitchen drawers – anything some days rather than write! Continue reading

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Question time

Writing your Bestseller by Bernard Cornwell, Historical Novel Society (1997!) I seem to get something new out of this article every time I come across it on Twitter. Today, I focused in on Cornwall’s advice on story-telling: Every good story … Continue reading

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In praise of … Ulysses

Shout out for Ulysses, the new techie love of my life and “the ultimate writing app for Mac”. Ulysses is like a blank sheet of paper in a typewriter; no clutter, few options – but lots of behind-the-scenes functionality, a … Continue reading

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Five books (written during or soon after the Great War)

An irregular series of highlighting the resources which particular inspire or inform my writing. I read a lot of books written around the time of the Great War. There is absolutely no better way to immerse oneself in the language … Continue reading

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Dirty drafting

The beauty of this method is the lack of pressure to be perfect; perfection only creeps in by degrees much later. Continue reading

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The awful attraction of war

I’ve had this quote on a virtual sticky note on my MacBook for several months and I want to tidy it away. It’s taken from a piece in the London Review of Books several years back on┬áPat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy … Continue reading

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Three books (that bring the early 20th century to life)

Unrequited love and political intrigue; resources which inspire or inform my writing. Continue reading

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