Category Archives: Writing

Can Stephen King teach an old writing dog new writing tricks?

I recently read Mr Mercedes by Stephen King and I found it both brilliant and depressing. Brilliant because it’s a terrific book: strong characterisation, rich and rhythmic language, deft pacing, clarity and so on.   And depressing because it’s a terrific … Continue reading

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Feel The Fear and Write It Anyway

At the moment I’m developing a new project and as I do so, I’m conscious of the stages that I’m going through because no matter how many writing projects I develop, the fear process is always the same. Step 1 … Continue reading

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Bitten by Crime – Why it took so long for me to write my psychological crime novel

This post is not what you think. This isn’t a tale of writer’s block and the desperate struggle to fill empty pages. Through the years, I’ve written fairly steadily; comedy, children’s, fantasy, factual drama, but never stories that involve the … Continue reading

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Co-Writing – I Should Coco?

  Recently I was flattered to be asked to co-write an interesting project. Besides my knee jerk, ‘You must be joking, I haven’t got time to do my own stuff,’ it set me thinking about the times I’ve attempted to … Continue reading

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With a Little Help From…

With a Little Help From…   On October 10th this year, my novel BE MY FRIEND is going to be published. At the moment it is being edited by dear friend and esteemed writer Harriet Castor who besides having written many … Continue reading

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Where do ideas come from?

When you tell people that you’re a writer there are a few comments you often hear.  The first  is whether you’ve written anything they may have seen or heard about. Then they may say that they have a story for … Continue reading

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Feared by the Bad, Loved by the Good

Recently I script edited a radio play about Robin Hood. Bouncing the script back and forth to the sometimes beleaguered but always hard working writer, Iain, I couldn’t help wonder why the idea of challenging the rich, powerful and corrupt … Continue reading

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Write What You Know… Is this really a good idea?

In the dark dawn, as I scoffed porridge topped with home made mincemeat before wrestling with annual accounts, “Yes, yes, I’m doing it,” I scanned last week’s Broadcast.  It struck me – yet again – how fundamental an arresting story … Continue reading

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THREE FIRST PAGE WRITING CLICHES TO AVOID!

As a reader and script editor, there are a few story beginnings I see so often that each time, my heart sinks a little. Even if the rest of the narrative is brilliant, a cliché opening sends a negative signal … Continue reading

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Writers!!! Save Money With This One Tip!!!

Excuse the exclamation marks but this post is supposed to be like those ads that pop up, unbidden, about the secret of losing seven inches of belly fat or looking 20 years younger. Incidentally, the secret of looking younger seems … Continue reading

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