I first encountered Miss Amanda Fluff in the convenience store on Monks Way. I’d popped in to buy a pair of Snickers, and saw her slip a packet of Fisherman’s Friend inside her donkey jacket. Unperturbed at my observance, she winked and promptly left without paying. Intrigued and indeed a little breathless at her audacity, … Continue reading Encounters – Amanda Fluff
Here's a handy Scrivener tip if you want to include or exclude specific documents from Compile. SHIFT+click or CTRL+click to select or deselect documents in the right-hand Compile pane, then right-click and check or uncheck Include in Compile, as applicable. Saves a lot of clicking on individual documents, which I was doing up until today! … Continue reading Selecting multiple files at Compile stage in Scrivener
Today sees the launch of Think. Feel. Write.! This has been inspired by my personal experiences of the therapeutic benefits of writing, and my work with the Royal Literary Fund, both as a Fellow and as part of the Social Sector Projects initiative. Studies show that expressive or reflective writing can help us find direction, … Continue reading Think. Feel. Write.
Hire great writers. If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn’t matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off. That’s because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is … Continue reading Why Me?
I have an obsession with time and dates. It’s reflected in everything I write. If when watching telly I see a clock in the background, or can make out the face of someone’s watch, I’ll note the time. If the programme’s old I’ll check out the “first aired” date, then try to work out where … Continue reading Do you remember a guy that’s been?
Following on from my previous post, Progress?, here's my latest piece for the Royal Literary Fund's online magazine, Collected: Typeface: in Praise of Typewriters. You can find my previous Collected-related post here. I'm a writer, Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and Advisory Fellow. Find out more, tweet me, or email.
As far as I'm concerned these two devices allow me to do exactly the same thing: write. They're both portable, admittedly one more so than the other, yet they couldn't be more different. One cost me around a thousand pounds, the other fifty. One of them is less than a year old and will probably … Continue reading Progress?
Over March-May I'll be Writer in Residence at Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre. I'll be seeking stories to fictionalise from local people regarding the theatre itself, Stafford and the surrounding area, with the possibility of publication on the Gatehouse website. I'll also be offering one-to-ones to writers seeking guidance, or those who have always fancied writing but … Continue reading Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Residency