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Location: Exeter, Devon.

Writing Tips and Westcountry Ramblings

January 18, 2018

Words are a writer's lego (a metaphor I've used before but it's apt). They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and the more you have, the better chance of creating something spectacular. That's not to say those with the most pieces, the most shapes and the m...

December 23, 2017

Why would a 21st century writer want to bother with Shakespeare? The stuff’s written in early modern English (hard enough) and of another time. The answer is because he was the real article. He was a genius. His stories deal with issues and conflicts that still plague...

December 7, 2017

Kindle ads cost. How much-what are the options-who to aim them at-where do they go-are they worth it and should you bother? Read on.

Assuming you already have a novel on kindle, log into your KDP account and click the promote and advertise button to the right of th...

December 3, 2017

Dandruff, sex and a sad demise. 

10 mile round trip. Parking at St. Pirans Inn or NT car park just beyond (going west). Both paying. Some free on-street parking in residential area above beach but you’ll be lucky to find a space (and be considerate).

This walk starts wit...

November 23, 2017

Luck can get your work found on Kindle but with 4 million competitors it's a fall-from-a-plane-without-a-parachute-and-survive luck. And if you’re that lucky, why bother spending years writing and months editing—buy a lottery ticket instead and save the heartache. Don’...

November 9, 2017

Meow or meow?

Getting italics right is important for wannabe professional writers because agents, publishers, literary judges and editors are notoriously conservative. With their in-box bulging to bursting, they’re conditioned like Pavlov’s dogs to filter out anything t...

October 12, 2017

According to my old university books, William James, the ‘father of American psychology’, came up with the term ‘stream of consciousness’ to describe the disjointed mix of thoughts, memories and fantasies that flow through our woken hours. Fortunately, when we articula...

October 8, 2017

10 miles easy going. Parking: layby on B3301 just west of Hell’s Mouth café.

With Hell’s Mouth café coming into view, the taxi driver nodded toward it and told me: ‘Recently, a man wandered in there with a dog, handed the waitress the lead and asked her to look after it...

September 27, 2017

Both have been in the new recently (between North Korea and Boris) but what are infinitives and when is the possessive s not included after the apostrophe? And should we care?

According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries' website, it’s debatable whether split infini...

September 14, 2017

Words are water. They flow and sometimes they freeze, they evaporate and reappear elsewhere in storms and showers. Sometimes you drown in them and at other times your lips crack at the paucity. A writer has to treat this liquid lego with respect by, for instance, avoid...

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