The single-sitting read (Mistake #114)

There had been no plan to try to do it. Once I’d decided to, once I’d moved past the half-way mark, there was not much consideration for the fact that it would be my first time, were I to succeed. But I was closer to the end than the beginning. It seemed doable. And by then I was …

Can Cook, Won’t Cook (Mistake #113)

Although I now specialise in allergies and intolerances, before that I used to cover diet and nutrition. I eventually got a bit disillusioned with writing about this vitamin, that mineral and those antioxidants. Did my readers really need to know all this detail? Was being informed on such complex matters really necessary? In today’s food culture, I think …

The Business of Writing (Volume 1), by Simon Whaley

I reckon it must be quite tough to be Simon Whaley. As I imagine it, you must be itching to get on with your own ‘proper’ or more ‘creative’ writing projects – in Simon’s case both fiction and non-fiction – but there’s always some excellent writing advice in your head, demanding to be let loose and committed …

New ebook: 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

I’ll keep this one brief: the second in my planned series of Mistakes Writers Make ebooks is released today, and is called 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make. As I say in the blurb, its aim is to progress the aspiring writing of articles and non-fiction to the next level, expanding on some of the …

Reverse dictionary

I don’t know why I’ve not written about reverse dictionaries before. The subject sprung to mind yesterday evening during the weekly Twitter #writingchat – which turned out to be about gifts for writers. Coincidentally, only a few days ago I collected some fun examples and silly suggestions in my annual Christmas Gifts for Writers post, …

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