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Let’s Talk About Writing Well

I wish people would stop trying to use metaphoric language and sound “writerly”. It’s wrecking many otherwise good books. I might not have read Patrick Barkham’s beautifully delivered history on badgers,…

The Writer's Economy

Editors Vary

  People working within the publishing industry just don’t understand each other.   In the July 26th issue of The Bookseller, Katy Guest, editor of Independent on Sunday’s books pages…

The Writer's Economy

The New Freelancers

  Earlier this year, The Financial Times reported that fifty-four million workers in the US are now freelancing for a living. The word freelancing, traditionally associated with writing and journalism,…

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Good Writing Companions

    I am in my office, a rectangle with room only for a desk and some books shelves. A big window overlooks the front garden where messy bushes lead to a…

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Learn to Write Flash Fiction

  The novelist and short story writer, Jayne Anne Phillips, stated that flash fiction taught her how to write.   Phillips began as a poet but discovered through flash fiction what…



  In my house, next to the kitchen phone, among the important items we don’t want to lose—keys, phones, ID cards—is a photograph of a handsome young man wearing a…


The New Yorker & Me

  The New Yorker has always worried me. When I was younger and only aspired to be a fiction writer the New Yorker was perhaps too far a reach for…

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How I Deal With Bad Reviews

      If you are a working writer, you are going to have to deal with bad reviews. Luckily, the best reviewers don’t write 100% hateful reviews of books so…