Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a List

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in blog | No Comments

It’s traditional for bloggers to provide a list of Christmas books/movies/gift ideas/hangover cures/things not to do at the office party so why should I deviate? I decided to eschew Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dickens and all the other sentimental, feel-good favourites and find you some of the worst, least merry, most miserable and […]

Self-Publishing Tips from Amazon Bestseller Dee Palmer

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in blog | One Comment

When bestselling Erotica author Dee Palmer came to talk to us about her work a few weeks ago there was far more emphasis on algorithms than throbbing rhythms. If we’d hoped for tips on titillation we were disappointed as successful entrepreneur Dee was all business. In 2014, Dee rose to a family challenge to do […]

Italian Writing Retreat: Words and Images

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in blog | No Comments

Our sixth retreat in Italy is over with the usual creative twists and turns: a new novel started, an old one finely tuned; someone discovered that they didn’t want to write a novel at all and embarked on a non-fiction book; a new writer amazed us with flowing, beautifully observed tales of life in rural […]

Home or Away? Can you really write better off base?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in blog | No Comments

  I used to be torn about the efficacy of writing retreats, holiday courses and away days for maximising creativity and productivity. The ‘joining-a-gym-so-I-have-to-work-out’ analogy sprang to mind– why spend five hundred quid just to do weights and Zumba twice in January then feel guilty for the rest of the year when you could run […]

Bad Boy Glock: A Case Study in How Character Creates Story

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in blog | No Comments

We all know that unless we care about a character and find them and their actions credible, we won’t care what happens to them; in other words we won’t care about the events, the story. This is pretty fundamental so how do we ensure the characters we create drive our story forward? Let’s look at […]