The obscure word of the week is tierced

There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is tierced. It’s from from heraldry, meaning something divided into three equal parts with different colours (‘tinctures’), thought to be of eighteenth century origin. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two)… More The obscure word of the week is tierced

Why Photoshop artistry makes boring book covers, even when they’re mine…

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can’t help thinking that book covers these days – the ones that appear on Amazon and elsewhere – are all rather homogenised. Literally, in a pixel sense – they all seem to use one or another Photoshop layer-and-blend technique to float words, ghost-like, amidst artwork which… More Why Photoshop artistry makes boring book covers, even when they’re mine…

The secret behind ‘showing’ not ‘telling’ in your writing

One of the lessons hammered home – and often taken up with zealous alacrity by writers early on the learning curve – is to ‘show’ not ‘tell’. Telling is the first way most people express themselves when writing, but it doesn’t work too well to capture readers. It doesn’t fire up the imagination; it plods,… More The secret behind ‘showing’ not ‘telling’ in your writing