Ghost Writing?

I went to visit my father’s grave yesterday. He is buried in a churchyard at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, in a place that is haunted by memories: of my dad, of my son’s childhood which was spent in the village, of life as it used to be and is no...

Six Characters in Search of a Different Reaction

Mostly I think of doors, or gates, or entrances in general (which by now you will know that I love), as enticing. A worn and flaking door is an invitation, freighted with possibilities, or even with secrets… But not this one. This is a kind of fortification,...

It’s All a Question of Perspective

If you have a brilliant idea for a story, but want to put a bit of spin on it so that it is a bit more unusual, or has added depth, then here’s a suggestion. Plot out your story in some detail, making notes of all the main events in it so that you have a clear...