Monthly Archives: January 2018

Aristotle, Cinderella, and the Three Act Structure

The Three Act Structure is one of those writery rules we should know – even if we’re going to be terrible brave and alternative and break it. Continue reading

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Three books (soldiers’ diaries of the Great War)

Captain Charlie May is one of the kindest, funniest, most thoroughly decent men I have ever met, on or off the page. Continue reading

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In praise of … Focus

Focus costs less than the proverbial cup of coffee and does nothing much more than count down 25 minutes to a background of ticking clocks or café babble – but it’s brilliant. Continue reading

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In praise of … iThoughts

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

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A garden by the sea

I visited Chygurno in May 2015. It’s a privately-owned garden – no tea shop, no toilets – just an honesty box in the porch and a homemade information board. I paid my money, read the history and wandered alone along … Continue reading

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Raising the stakes

I’ve become a teeny-weeny bit wary of writing exercises because they can so 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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