Category Archives: the writing process

making it happen: techniques, tips and tricks gleaned from experts and experience

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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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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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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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

Unbloat your plot and “whisper something beautiful”. Continue reading

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Ten rules for writing fiction 2

Writing novels means the crafty, patient, selfless construction of effects. Continue reading

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Ten rules for writing fiction 1

The first 12 years are the worse. Continue reading

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Not an expert!

In the end I don’t think it actually rained at all – but thinking about rain got me writing again. Continue reading

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The beginning of the end

The private, special, potent months of pregnancy are over and the kid’s arrived and it’s time to man up. Continue reading

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The blank page 

Even writing quick and dirty still leaves one facing each day that ultimate horror, the blank page. So here’s a trick I worked out whilst writing my thesis (on inter-professional learning on the labour ward; interesting but irrelevant for present … Continue reading

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