The other day, in fairly quick succession, I found myself writing (a) revisions to a second edition of a non-fiction history book I wrote years ago, (b) a fantasy story I’ve recently been commissioned to write, and (c) a grant application. All of them demanded utterly different writing styles – and I had to jump… More Why it’s vital to have full control of your writing style
This week’s weird word is zugwang. It’s one of about a million in English, and one that the language has obtained by knocking down another language and riffling its pockets for loose change. It refers to a situation in chess where a move that must be made puts the player at a disadvantage. It’s thought… More The obscure word of the week is zugwang
When I was looking around for a new car a couple of years ago I made the difficult decision to go with an automatic. To me, autos aren’t proper cars, and they don’t require proper driving, especially with cruise control. You don’t drive them, you sit and ride in them while steering a bit. Mind… More Is driving an auto real driving?
I drew a line in the sand the other day. Or chipped it in granite. Or something. It was the same line Will Wheaton drew with the HuffPo last year – saying ‘no’ to commercial enterprise offering ‘exposure’ in lieu of actual payment to authors. I’m approached reasonably often to contribute to publications or give… More Why I said ‘no’ to the old ‘get paid by exposure’ trick
Literary historians have often had a niggling worry that the plays of William Shakespeare were actually written by somebody else – the Earl of Bedford is one favourite. And there are others. My take is that they weren’t written by William Shakespeare, but by somebody else with the same name who was married to a… More The inner secrets of writing style
This week’s obscure word is calefy – ‘to make hot’, which the writers of the original OED (a dictionary produced over a four-decade period from the 1870s) traced back to 1526. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Go on. You know you want to… Copyright © Matthew Wright… More The obscure word of the week is calefy
Instruments I have played the ‘Smoke On The Water’ riff on: 1. Various pianos, except a Bosendorfer 91-note grand, on which I played ‘Louie Louie’. 2. Moog Modular Model 15 (lead only, I don’t own this one, it’s the modular they produced in a suitcase for carrying around gigs, but I DID once tyre-kick my… More The Smoke On The Water riff vs my vintage synthesiser collection