Tag Archives: John Steinbeck

Just Do


September wasn’t a good month for me. A short story I thought was one of the best things I’d written failed to make the short list in a competition. My application for an arts bursary was denied (again). And my … Continue reading

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Kakorrhaphiophobia


Kakorrhaphiophobia. It’s a great word, isn’t it? No, it’s not the title of a song by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. It’s a condition that we all suffer to some degree. If you write, you probably live with it every … Continue reading

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The Worst Thing I Ever Heard


Last month Terry Pratchett died. I mentioned it to a group of fellow writers. All but one of them said, “Who?” Reading, it transpires, is something most of them don’t do. Not read? To quote The Princess Bride that’s just … Continue reading

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“Yes,” he smiled.


Every writer has  something that sets their teeth on edge. The misplaced apostrophe, the homonym error, the dangling modifier… For me the thing most likely to make me squirm is badly used identification tags. Eek! I hate that! When I … Continue reading

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