Friday, 14 March 2014
Wow, twice in the same morning. This is something of a role. Ha! Or roll. Thing is, blogs are short. Or can be. There are no rules except they better be pithy if you want to catch someone's attention. I've spoken about rappers before but maybe that's where they do well. They catch us as we think with their fast and clever words. Poets do that too but music is so easy, so accessible, so regular. What a great way to reach someone. A book seems all too baggy. Too much time and concentration needed. So they need to fool the reader. Make like they are a pithy intuitive thing. However hard. Seep into the consciousness like an ear worm and stay.
I guess the thing about learning to be a writer is that after a while you just have to write. After you have learnt all the technical stuff about POV and whatnot the only thing left is just to let your material flow and see what happens. So what about the blog then? What's it for? It's two years since I last blogged (sounds like a confession) and this seems like a really good way to work my muscle. Someone said writing is about getting rid of the crap before you get to the good stuff. You know like sucking marrow out of the bone. You need to write a ton of rubbish sentences before you get to the one that is as close to your character's thought or an overhead conversation. Today this blog is helping with that.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
So check this: 25 writers (including me) have at least one short story in this unique anthology that launches on July 15th 2012! Click this blog link for more....
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Now how did that happen? I haven't blogged for ages but there it is. Somehow, someone or some people have helped me get there. It's great to have ten thousand hits on this site, so thanks. Writing is such an up and down world that I've been telling myself that I was too busy to blog. Maybe it was true. Lots has happened including my longlisting for the Paris Literary Award for a novella titled, 'The Sleepover'. That happened early this year and if I was smarter I would attach a link but hey....Now I'm working on a new and exciting project that I hope to blog about a bit more now. Till then, I'll be spending the rest of my day, walking into walls muttering, ten thousand, ten thousand, ten thousand....