What writer is not familiar with Stephen King’s advice: ‘Read a lot, write a lot’? For him, reading is important because ‘it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing.’ Reading like writers achieves greater intimacy and a
This morning’s email from a friend, written in panic, and ending with “Help!” was sparked by advice from the judge of a story competition he wanted to enter. The advice was this: ‘Do not use adverbs.’ “But the second word
My first ambitious attempt at nonfiction emerged when, as a stranded 11-year-old, I lived temporarily with my aged Manx grandmother, a good Christian woman of wide girth and narrow attitudes. Confined to quiet pursuits one Sunday afternoon, and armed
Now my latest book, Writing Your Nonfiction Book: The Complete Guide to Becoming an Author is released, there is no better time to share with you a little of why and how it was written. It is always pleasing to
Pictures inspire the muse, and they are fun. If you have visited me here before, you know already that visual images inspire my writing. I particularly enjoy still photographs for this purpose because they represent an arrested moment in life.