Writing

Changing a Changing World

Last week I blogged about the writer/reader relationship from a personal point of view. We certainly live in interesting times and things are changing throughout the industry that effect writers not only individually but as a whole profession. Never since the introduction of the Gutenberg press has...

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Script Frenzy: A Euphoric Beginning...

Most writers have a tricky relationship with deadlines. Some take comfort in routine and restriction while others can’t fathom being forced to do something before they're ready. I sit somewhere awkwardly between the two. In my university days, my work ethic was precarious. Some assignments would be...

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Just between us...

In this two-part blog, historical novelist and mystery writer Sara Sheridan explores the changing relationship between writers and their readers. In the good old days it was simple – writers wrote books and retreated, in an air of mystery, to their studies (academics), boudoirs (romantic novelists...

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Finding Your Inner Child (and letting it go)

When I was a child I started a lot of stories. I don’t think I ever finished one. By the time I was an adult I had built up a database of about 50 first lines of short stories, most of which were never completed. As a novelist, however, I’ve found that publishers are usually keen for you to finish...

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CBBC Writers Lab: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse…

For writers with a passion for children’s work the CBBC Writers Lab, run by the hugely talented CBBC Scotland Development Team and the Scottish Book Trust, was like Christmas come early – four days of playing with ideas for kids! The Lab provided a unique insight into the workings of children’s TV...

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Finding the Truth

I am a scientist. It's the way I was educated; it almost feels like the way I grew up. W here is the proof? is a question often running through my mind. Where is the evidence? But I'm also a writer. It doesn't feel like the way I grew up, but it does feel like the person I grew up to be. And the...

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Writing Support of the Snuggly Kind

Ah, writers. Our self-esteem is notoriously low. Publishing a novel dramatically improved my ability to claim an identity as a writer, but even so, I am regularly seized with doubt. Will I ever write anything that long again? Am I just a one-hit wonder (and not a terribly big hit, at that)? Was...

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The Tale of the Farmer and the Pirate torrent

I am a pirate. No, I don’t mean the Jack Sparrow wooden leg ho-ho-me-hearties variety; I mean the kind that consumes copyright material illegally. Now, don’t get me wrong - I don’t do this on a professional scale; I don’t have caches of megadrives crammed full of Hollywood blockbusters that I’ve...

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Billy Letford's Poems to be Published

Stirling-based roofer and poet William Letford, one of the very first winners of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, has secured a publishing deal with Carcanet Press for his first volume of poetry. The book, entitled Bevel, will be published in November 2012. William, who has an MLitt (...

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Neil Butler Interview: Writing and Cheap Carbohydrates

Neil Butler's first book 'The Roost', a collection of connected short stories, has been gathering praise since it was published in August. Neil talks to us about his writing journey so far, the knack of writing short stories and banishing the demons of self-doubt. Your short story collection The...

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