Category Archives: books about writing

On finding the plot

If you’re like me and plot isn’t your thing, you may not know it yet, and unlikely as it may seem, you need The Plot Whisperer by Marsha Alderson. Amazon describes it as a “plotting system that’s as innovative as it … Continue reading

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A whimsically devastating writing prompt ;)

I have just started reading ‘There but for the’ by Ali Smith and I’m very drawn to it by the Guardian review on the back that describes it as ‘Whimsically devastating.’ By the time it moves on to ‘profoundly clever … Continue reading

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#4 Scribbling Chronicles

The Plastic Surgeon While exploring self-publishers, I continued to tinker with my manuscript. I knew it wasn’t quite right but I didn’t know what to do about it. I googled “how to improve my manuscript…” because sometimes simplest is best. What … Continue reading

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#1 Scribbling Chronicles

Unlikely beginnings I never meant to write the book. Certainly, Love, War and Ice Cream didn’t start out with a story or character or setting or dialogue or anything like that. My dad just asked me to sort out a box … Continue reading

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Gross acts – a writing prompt

This is John Gardner, author of The Art of Fiction and On Becoming a Novelist, two of my all time favourite books about writing fiction. Today’s prompt comes from the first of those titles. Here it is: Without an instant’s … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #5

Another great photograph from Jon Hill. I can’t get the image to show up big on wordpress, but if you click on it you can really see the detail. Wonderful. I love the lines on this sculpture and the debris … Continue reading

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