How to start writing fiction

I’m pleased to publish this guest post by Shirley Williams, who previously contributed Thoughts From a Reader (link in text below). In this post, she discusses various approaches to writing fiction, as presented in the Future Learn course, Start Writing Fiction. Shirley is Professor Emerita and National Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading, in the UK. […]

Movie Mash Ups

Truth is stranger than fiction? In the magical world of movies, fiction is fighting back. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for heaven’s sake I was reminded of the idea of movie mash ups by the announcement of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the latest manifestation of walking dead coming to you on the big screen soon. […]

Ogres onions and layers – Part 2

Let’s start with the unsubtle. I’m no expert on all this stuff. In Ogres onions and layers Part 2 I’m merely passing on to you what I’ve learnt to date. There’s so much I don’t know, but I hope I can save you time and tears with these few tips I’ve learnt, if nothing else. […]

What to do when a market doesn’t pay its way

I met Michelle Barber online when we crossed paths writing content for a big hungry web site. Over the years, we learned we had a lot in common in the world of creative writing and became friends. Michelle is a talented witty writer of all kinds of fiction. My favourite of hers is Will Blyton […]