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

The Hopelessness of Hope

Shortlisted for the Tom-Gallon Trust Prize 2021 You’re in a room, bare and grey: a metal chair, a table covered ...
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/ Stories

Tom-Gallon Trust Prize shortlist

ALCS/Society of Authors short story prize shortlist 2021 ...
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/ Writing musings

The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/doubleday-pre-empts-lusks-rich-detailed-and-vibrant-debut-1237898 We are beyond thrilled to be welcoming @seanlusk1 to the @DoubledayUK fold. THE SECOND SIGHT OF ZACHARY CLOUDESLEY is ...
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/ Writing musings

Eckstein’s Duck

Longlisted for the Quiet Man Dave Flash Fiction Prize, Oct 2020 https://www.mmu.ac.uk/qmdprize/finalists-and-winners/ It was Eckstein’s idea, the duck. Who’d miss ...
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Forget the Dead

Flash Fiction BY SEAN LUSK - 23 JUNE 2020 They have gone, after all. And their advice was never right ...
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The Forgotten and the Forgiven

A new short story by Sean Lusk I have not asked you why you set fire to yourself. You made ...
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/ Election, Short story, Stories, Story, UK

Nobody believes in the truth fairy anymore: UK election 2019

Why the soundbite culture is destroying democracy People are angry. Wet and angry. It rains a lot and it’s dark, ...
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/ Britain

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