Another bite from the Apple

OK I tried to swap my old phone today. You can do it through Apple online but not in the store.So I’m not bothering. You can only sell phones for Apple vouchers in any case and in store I would probably have picked up some Christmas presents for the kids. It would have been convenient […]

Your Point of View

She began the book with her characteristic rush of early enthusiasm, which as usual barely lasted beyond the second chapter. She wrote at speed, spurred on by the inspiration of the Olympics and the testosterone-fuelled enthusiasm for ‘personal bests.’ Within the month she had surpassed her own ‘pb’ and completed a piece of writing so turgid and dull […]

Who do you think you are?

It is fair to say that even the relative anonymity of tweeting and blogging still promote the person above the work. I blame Enid Blyton and her children’s tea parties – her fantasy of what a children’s writer should be. For myself I don’t really care who wrote Shakespeare’s work – all I need to know about […]

The writing business

Of course writing is a business and a fairly tough one. In many ways being a writer resembles being an actor, a musician or perhaps a painter: few manage to make a living out of it and most need a second or third string to their bow. I suppose my second string is teaching but […]

Mangling the Language

Today I’ve been thinking about sentences and how to mangle them. In my experience the majority of sentence mangling occurs when writers aren’t sure about what they are doing. I teach from time to time and come across quite a lot of mangling one way or another. Sometimes a student might write a fight scene but hasn’t visualised […]

I’ve just flicked back to read my earlier posts on this blog and have discovered just how cyclical my life is. It may not be governed by the moon, by seasons or by school terms, at least not entirely, but my emotions are as predictable as all three. The New Year always brings determination to work harder, smarter […]

Creative Thinking

I am fascinated by the creative process, particularly when I’m not engaged in it. The more I think about it and try to pin it down the weirder it seems. Do you picture a scene before you write it and then describe what you see or do you bring the scene into being by the act of […]