What I would have said to Harper Lee

Before I got a chance to read GO SET A WATCHMAN on Tuesday, I put myself on a media ban.  There were articles and reviews popping up all over the place and I wanted to come to the book with… continue reading »

The Write Crowd – the right book?

Can a book teach you how to write?  No, although you could argue that reading a lot of books can teach you how to write, as you absorb all those good words by osmosis.  Sometimes, though, it is helpful to… continue reading »

Stephen King’s ON WRITING – or The Best Writing Book Ever Written

Can a book teach you how to write?  No, although you could argue that reading a lot of books can teach you how to write, as you absorb all those good words by osmosis.  Sometimes, though, it is helpful to… continue reading »

It’s not all about being right

When people hear that I’m an editor, they assume I must use perfect language all of the time, never make a grammatical slip and spell like a creepy 12 year old prodigy. The trouble is people don’t think or write… continue reading »

A fully stacked kindle just isn’t the same

I’m off on holidays shortly and am really looking forward to some concentrated reading time (if my family let me!).  I’ve got around 50 unread books on my kindle which I’m going to get stuck into. I got given my… continue reading »

Beautiful words everywhere – or May the Tube never change

I find beautiful words everywhere – accidental, historical and just giving me pause to think about the wonder of words. Walking through a wet Kings Cross, the tannoy announces ‘due to today’s inclement weather the surfaces are slippery, please take… continue reading »

Threading your plot through your novel

In some ways, it doesn’t look like much.  Just a set of scrawled, crossed out columns on a scrappy piece of file paper.  It’s actually a section of JK Rowling’s plotting for HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.… continue reading »

Don’t smirk at me

I hate authors using the word ‘smirk’.  In a typical week, I will come across four or five characters smirking away.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against someone having a sneaky mean grin at someone else’s expense –… continue reading »

A Writing Blog Tour

I’ve been tagged in a writing blog tour – aimed at those of us who write for a living.  I don’t write novels or fiction, but I do write reports for my clients, which is why mymumdom has included me.… continue reading »

What’s a review worth?

  If self-publishing means everyone can be a writer, then the internet means anyone can be a critic.  There’s something intoxicating about being asked for your opinion on everything you buy, from batteries to Christmas turkey.  Do you succumb?  What… continue reading »

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