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Islands and inspiration – how islands can make a great story

I could go all metaphorical here and say that every writer is an island because ideas must spring from the writer’s head alone… But I won’t. I’m thinking about real islands and why I like them and why we humans… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Here are three new fifty-worders – tiny microfiction stories of just 50 words each.       In other news, I’m on the second part of the Split Worlds fantasy, plus the fourth part of Django Wexler’s Shadow Campaigns. I’ve… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – even shorter stories

This week I have, again,  been writing short-short fiction – but the fifty-word stories were starting to seem … lengthy. I recalled the story attributed to Hemingway and thought, why not try to write ‘a novel in six words’? Here’s… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – Fifty word stories

This week’s fifty-worder stories may have a slight circus theme. There’s a reason for that which you can guess if you’ve been following my Facebook page, namely that I saw The Greatest Showman this week  and really fell in love with… Continue Reading →

Boost productivity with a weekly writing planner

I’ve been working on a secret project lately, and I’m excited to share it with you at last. But first I want to talk about the biggest problem we face as part-time writers. You already know it: time. Everybody has other… Continue Reading →

Fantasy and Foreignness

As a reader, if you crave a comfortable read, then you’ll be disappointed by books that don’t explain anything, placing you in the role of stranger. And if you like to think on your feet, learning as you go, you won’t enjoy a book which carefully explains a culture’s entire backstory before you’ve even stepped off the boat.

The Poetry Diet – a poem a day to help everything

Conquer your fear of poetry, readers! Try the poetry diet! I’m not a poetry expert, but as part of my DIY-MFA I’ve been reading a poem a day as a kind of poetry diet since last February, and it is… Continue Reading →

Haiku poems: London

 I’m sharing more of my stuff this year – another personal aim. Continuing my fun with the haiku form of three lines and restricted syllable pattern of 5-7-5*, here are some haiku I wrote this week, recalling a work trip to London…. Continue Reading →

Defining the ideal fantasy book

As a reader, I know what I want. And I very rarely find it. Toni Morrison said Write the book you want to read but sometimes I struggle to define what I want. James Scott Bell talks about essential scenes in every… Continue Reading →

Story: Two Zeros

As a regular contributor at Short Fiction Break, I publish a story with them every month. This is the one for January 2018 – a quick read about two people under pressure from more than just time. Two Zeros IFAQ –… Continue Reading →

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