Write it now: who’s your writing influence?

As far as I am concerned one of the more facile questions authors – or artists of any kind – get asked is ‘who’s your influence?’ It’s as if nobody can do anything original. There’s an automatic assumption that a creative artist – like a writer – has to be ‘influenced’ by the style or … More Write it now: who’s your writing influence?

Write it now: professionalism pays hidden dividends

It has long been a source of frustration to me that writers sometimes act as if writing is a pastime, not a profession. You know the stereotype. The author casually rises about ten, saunters off for a leisurely breakfast over the morning paper, then spends half an hour or so at the typewriter before the … More Write it now: professionalism pays hidden dividends

Sixty second writing tips: a plan a day keeps the panic away

Ever been overwhelmed by the enormity of your writing? By the sheer scale of the task? Its complexity – especially as you start getting out to book length? It’s something every writer slams into sooner or later. Especially if you’ve got a publishing deadline – one agreed with a publisher, or one you’ve created yourself … More Sixty second writing tips: a plan a day keeps the panic away

Write it now: part 11, introducing the organising principle

In the last few weeks we’ve been exploring the ways writing is structured. Last week we looked at large-scale structure – the big-aim content defined by log-line or thesis. This week we’re moving on to how that is done – the detail of how these over-arching ideas are translated into written content, chapter by chapter … More Write it now: part 11, introducing the organising principle