A blog for writers about writing with musings, shared anguish and the occasional bit of useful advice.

Great short stories – the sense of place

Four short story writers who put place at the heart of their stories   This week, as we continue the ...
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Great short stories – the magic recipe? #2

Character:  I’ve put a question mark after the title this week, since I wouldn’t want anyone to believe that I ...
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Great short stories – the magic recipe

Voice  The next few posts will be about great short stories and what makes them so good. There is, naturally ...
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/ Writing tips

Writing groups – good company, but do they help you write?

It depends on the group, unsurprisingly. A writing group which meets regularly merely to listen, praise and reassure might be ...
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/ Writing musings

The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury

This is a book that reminds you that the ordinary is extraordinary, that small lives are the same size as ...
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/ Endearing reads, Reviews

Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, and why form matters

  This strange, wonderful and ultimately frustrating book from 2018 Man Booker International Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk has got me ...
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/ Review, Reviews, Writing musings

The oblique: why the best writing comes from the glimpsed, the half-heard and the barely understood

‘Write what you know’ is one of the most repeated and most tedious pieces of writing advice, though you’ll find ...
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/ Writing musings

The road to your next piece of fiction is lonely, even if it’s crowded

Writing is remorselessly, pitilessly, ruthlessly solitary. Yet, for all that, the act can be performed perfectly well in a busy ...
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/ Writing ideas, Writing tips

Visiting Gogol’s ghost

Moscow in October is a city cooling down, readying itself for a long winter. Black winter coats are uniform, summer ...
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/ Writing musings