This week’s obscure English word is decretal. It’s from Middle English and variously means either the nature of a papal decree, or a specific form of papal decree involving canonical law. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017 Advertisements
Writers’ block is a perennial problem – the inevitable moment when a blank page refuses to fill. And if you’re working to a tight deadline – as professionals do, and as happens in November’s National Novel Writing Month, you’ll know the frustration. I thought I’d re-post some tips from my archives to help you through. … More Top tips to beat writers’ block
One of my frustrations when writing is that I’ll often come up with a way of illustrating a concept or idea, only to have somebody ‘correct’ me because some minor detail only they know of is an exception to the trend I’m describing, and therefore I am a worthless idiot who is ignorant of my … More The frustration of writing about concepts and ideas
I’ve been writing this year for a US website, Navy General Board – a site dedicated to naval history over the past century or so, and to various issues on matters naval. My professional background in that field extends back decades. Some of my post-grad work involved academic studies of various matters naval – including … More Naval history is all about people… and people…
It’s National Novel Writing Month again – an event I’ve supported annually the past few years, and so I’m re-running a few blasts from the past to help participants along. Starting with… Five ways to kick-start NaNoWriMo on its first day OK, so there you are with the plan you’ve made for your National Novel … More Kick-starting NaNoWriMo on Day 1
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about where to find good inspiration for National Novel Writing Month – or any kind of fiction writing. Looking for archetypal stories is a good start – and when it comes to a specific action genre it’s hard to go past a story that captured me … More Where to get a quick insight into good fiction writing for NaNo inspiration
An asteroid was discovered last week by astronomers using the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope. It’s moving at a tremendous clip – and is on its way out of our solar system after whipping through on a trajectory that took it inside the orbit of Mercury. The Minor Planets Centre at Cambridge, Massachussets, has … More Did we just rendezvous with Rama?