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Why do writers ignore the world of work?

Why do writers ignore the world of work?

I have just finished reading PD James’ The Lighthouse, and without spoiling the plot for potential readers, it involves writers and their writing and the plot was threaded through this to some extent. I remember also reading a crime thriller by Elizabeth George where the murderer was an artist, who murdered her victim as revenge for having a piece of her art destroyed. This made me reflect on a couple of interesting thoughts. Firstly would a piece of work you created- novel, painting, sculpture, etc – be so personally meaningful to you that you would commit murder for it? Perhaps…

Romantic fiction

Romantic fiction

I have been pondering some feedback I was given about a sample chapter from my novel. I was told that it was a “bit Mills and Boons”. Argh! Horror! Mortification! Luckily no-one else has agreed with this rather damning analysis, including my agent whose job it is to make sure I am producing something reasonable, but when I took this feedback to other writers, one said, “Actually what’s wrong with romantic fiction? Have you read any recently? Some of it is quite good.” And I have to admit, no I have not read any since I was 15 and used…

There is no such thing as a favourite book

OK here is a challenge for you. I believe that it’s impossible for a writer to have a favourite book. Having a favourite book means a) you have not read enough books and b) you have not changed over time. Both fatal flaws for a writer. I have literally (sic) thousands of books in my house, nearly all of which I have read, and which I am hanging onto because I think I might want to read them again. Then there are many, many books which I have read and not kept because I did not like them, and then…

Why is Edinburgh so great for writing?

Why is Edinburgh so great for writing?

Have you considered why Edinburgh is choka full of excellent writers at the moment? Is it something in the water? Or the air? Perhaps we should all go there and inhale deeply. I have to tell you, having been a student there for four years, inhaling deeply between the months of October and February will probably result in a lung transplant. The air is seriously cold. I grew up in the far north of Scotland, in a ski resort which is  a good 150 miles further north than Edinburgh, but I tell you it was tropical compared to the capital…

To blog or not to blog..

Well I’ve just joined the 21st century by attempting to join the blogging hordes. No idea why. Yes I do know why actually. I am a writer; I spend all day sitting at a PC writing, so why not spend yet more time here, ruining my eyes, getting repetitive strain injury, in my spare time? I am hoping to link up with other writers I guess, and to hear about your trials and tribulations (cliche noted). I’ve been writing as a freelancer for, well I guess about 12 years now, and make a reasonable living at it, but hey, how…

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