In Defence of Flashback

I know that some writers – and editors – view the use of flashback with some misgivings, objecting to it because the reader is made to look back at events which have already happened and therefore knows there is a positive outcome (your heroine is still alive and...
Pathetic Fallacy in November

Pathetic Fallacy in November

I’m sitting in my writer’s block (shed) gazing out at the downpour outside. The sky is like wet newsprint, running with grey. The rain that is currently drumming on my shed roof, reminding me of wet camping holidays as a child, expresses some of the gloom...
An Alphabet of Better Writing # S

An Alphabet of Better Writing # S

S is for…Setting The setting of a story can be crucial.  It’s certainly never incidental and you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of it.  Apparently writer Catherine Czerkawska discovered to her dismay that publishers wouldn’t take a...

Reading – When Once Just Isn’t Enough

There was an interesting article in The Observer last weekend, where a number of writers talked about books they had taken the trouble to read not once, but twice.  The piece was worth reading if only for a perfect image from one of my favourite authors, Geoff Dyer,...