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.
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 the years I’ve been given some great advice on writing by people I’ve met, and I thought I'd share a few examples in case they might help you along the way too. 1: Easing off received from David Garnett, writer and editor I met Dave at the first SF convention I attended in 1997. … Continue reading Scissors & Glue – top tips for writers
Around 12 months ago I registered my Structure novels for PLR (Public Lending Right – the royalty writers receive as a result of their work being borrowed from libraries). Since then I’ve earned £6.97. I can’t help but wish I’d done this in 2004 when The Affinity Trap was first published, and then for the … Continue reading Public Lending Right
I’ve been a fan of the BBC’s radio drama for a long time, but my enthusiasm has grown hugely in recent years. The output is diverse, and its quality outstanding. At the time of writing Radio 4 is broadcasting Dangerous Visions – a series of adaptations of classic science fiction works, including Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man from Brian … Continue reading FX: a blog in which I enthuse about BBC radio drama
In scriptwriting mode, Scrivener automatically adds character names to the auto-complete list as you write. While this is for the most part convenient, it can be a pain if you decide to change a character’s name, or accidentally type something formatted as Character & Dialogue instead of, for example, Technical Directions, as this will still … Continue reading Scrivener tip: editing auto-complete character list in scriptwriting mode