Stopping when stuck (Mistake #119)

I don’t agree with all of Jeanette Winterson’s advice in this Guardian article from the beginning of the decade, but I do like the following: Never stop when you are stuck. You may not be able to solve the problem, but turn aside and write something else. Do not stop altogether. She meant it about …

Brexit II (Mistake #118)

It’s been well over a year since I wrote Brexit Part I. Where has the time gone, my friends? Even though we have since decided not to remain, the opportunities to write about Brexit do remain. In fact, I’d say they’ve grown. Had we voted to stay, I reckon they’d have declined. Some consolation, perhaps, …

Writing Your Non-Fiction Book

Those of you who read the previous incarnation of this blog might recall a long article which used to live there, called How to Write a Non-Fiction Book, which had originally started life as a three-parter for the now sadly defunct Freelance Market News. I’ve now updated the articles, added a lot of extra material, thrown in the …

You have one job (Mistake #117)

If being a writer and only a writer isn’t working out, then it may be time for a change-up. This isn’t about giving up being a writer – although I have written about that before, in Mistake #108, and don’t believe it’s something you should never consider – but about being more than a writer. …

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 …

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