Write it now: grounding your writing in practical realities

The other day I heard a panel discussion on New Zealand’s national radio. They’d called together a group of Kiwi artists – a couple of composers and a couple of writers – to comment on their work. I usually listen to these things with a certain cynicism. Here in New Zealand I find ‘arts’ discussions… More Write it now: grounding your writing in practical realities

More wonderful architecture from the art deco capital of the world

I thought I would conclude my trilogy of deco posts with a few more glimpses of my home town – Napier, New Zealand. The place has spectacularly reinvented itself since its discovery, about 25 years ago, of its own modernist heritage. Today it styles itself the ‘art deco capital of the world’. And in many… More More wonderful architecture from the art deco capital of the world

Five reasons why blank paper’s a writing inspiration

Ever been caught when that ‘good idea’ floats in – and vanishes just as quickly, before you can get back to your computer? Just as you’re writing to a deadline or trying to make up your NaNoWriMo quota? History offers us a few ways out of it. Back in the nineteenth century a good number… More Five reasons why blank paper’s a writing inspiration