Writer’s rant

After a hoohaa about World Book Night, I sat down to watch the coverage of it on BBC and ended up having a rant about...well, you can read it yourself at The Asian Writer. On the writing front, I am exactly one quarter of the way through writing. Ooohh, get me with my checklist...

Ian Clayton’s creative writing workshop, with guest appearance from The Jumper in The Killing

Last year, I signed up for a weekly creative writing workshop, which was brilliant, and I was bereft when it ended last Easter. Then I found another one, which doesn’t have the pace or energy of the workshop. The sessions move at a glacial pace by comparison, but I persevere because it’s my only opportunity … Continue reading Ian Clayton’s creative writing workshop, with guest appearance from The Jumper in The Killing

World Library Night (part 2)

The scrum for books at Huddersfield Library last Saturday for World Book Night highlighted the pivotal role of libraries in the community. Three titles flew off the table amongst a scrum of pensioners, mothers with children, unemployed people coming to use the free computers for job-searches and CV writing, teenagers sheltering from embarrassing parents, shoppers … Continue reading World Library Night (part 2)

Slave to structure

I started ‘seriously’ writing my novel in December, using Randy Ingermanson’s 10-steps as a starting point. I know, I know, it sounds bonkers, but it works for me. Why? Because I’m a slave to structure - a hangover from my PhD training – but this is slowly changing. My writing tutor, Ray French, is trying … Continue reading Slave to structure