Q is for Quiet. It’s Always The Quiet Ones . . . Being a Writer

As a writer we need to have the ability to disappear in to the background. To observe. To extract meaning from body language, action and reaction. To study human relationships. To unearth great dialogue. To ask the ‘what-if’ questions and let our imaginations run free….

O is for On My Own – Why we all need time alone

As Greta Garbo once famously said, “I want to be alone!” Cue sharp intake of breath from those around you as they stare in stunned silence like you’ve just told them Lassie is dead. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but why is wanting a little…

N is for Night Time of The Soul

Ever have that ‘wake up in the middle of the night, searching-the-soul’ type moment? I’m sure you have – it’s part of the human condition. There’s just something about the dark and the quiet that can do that to a person. It was during one…

M is for Maybe I Don’t Need To Know (inspired by Dreams of a Life)

Another song written with George Odom, ‘Maybe I Don’t Need to Know’ was inspired by the haunting and desperately sad documentary, ‘Dreams of a Life’. You can listen to the song here. If you are unfamiliar with ‘Dreams of a Life’, it deals with the…

J is for Jokes – Being funny is no laughing matter

“From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”             Groucho Marx Just one example of the genius of Groucho Marx, a master of the one-liner. Like all good comedians…

Don of The Dead Episode 1 – Need A Hand

UPDATE: This piece has now become the first part of an ongoing series: Don of The Dead – Series Overview Don is recently deceased but didn’t quite make it to the other side, so seems doomed to join the rotting ranks of the undead rubbing…

F is for Films! How thinking cinematically can improve your writing.

I recently heard two different authors mention writing in the context of cinema and came to the realisation that the conventions and style of modern cinema influence my writing too. The first of these comments was from historical fiction writer, Hilary Mantel. Whilst I am…

E is for Emotional Content. Writing with feeling.

In case you aren’t au fait with martial arts  classic, ‘Enter The Dragon’ (above) Bruce Lee is explaining to his student the need for ‘Emotional Content’. The acting may be a little hammy and Bruce Lee films may seem like an odd place to go…

C is for Cooking Your Stories. Don’t rush new ideas.

Like many writers, I get lots of ideas for what to write next. Until recently, I was very likely to immediately pounce on said notion, wrestle it to the ground, shove it in to a sack and rush back home to devour it – or…

A-Z Blog Challenge – I’m going down to Alphabet Street.

So, a new year and a new challenge. NaNoWriMo was great last year (and I hope to have another go in November too) but a new challenge has been suggested to me by fellow writer Maria, who writes the excellent First Draft Cafe blog. This…