The Small Stuff

Full of Angst Don’t sweat it, unless you’re a writer, then the small stuff becomes the devil in the detail. I’ll explain later, first I want to talk about stress. Writers are plagued by doubt and angst. Find me one who isn’t. Writers’ insecurity is magnified by our inability to pinpoint exactly what we’re anxious […]

Ten Animation Movies With Heart

Genre-Rama Since I’m working on an adventure comedy animation story right now, I thought I’d collect ten animation movies with heart that inspire my writing. I love genre movies. They often take a bad rap. I don’t think the term ‘B Movie’ is officially used any more, but I’ve heard it bandied about in real […]

Costa Book of The Year Award 2015

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge has won one of the UK’s top literary prizes, the Costa Book of The Year 2015. Frances beat strong contenders with her children’s book, the first of this genre to win since Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass from the trilogy, His Dark Materials. Frances said she had not at […]

Story structure, plotting and free flow

Screenwriters and novelists, it’s not easy to turn out a good tale. A writer will get more criticism over story structure, plotting and free flow, than any other components. Why is structure so hard? I put the question to screenwriters, and unleashed a river of emotion. Here’s what stood out. Don’t start: you are not […]

Thoughts from a reader

This guest post is by Professor Shirley Williams of the University of Reading, who is an avid reader, and had an ambitious target of reading 50 books a year, on top of her not inconsiderable workload as Professor of Learning Technologies at the School of Systems Engineering, when she was my personal tutor. What makes a […]