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

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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/ Stories

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

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