Sat at a desk, writing
That’s what I’ve tried to do in my diary. Sit by myself and pay close attention to what’s going on.
In 2022, I’m going to be doing something new.
“What I am going to tell you makes explicit the mechanism of something that popular writers cannot afford (publicly at least) to admit can be made explicit or even that it has a mechanism.”
It’s a written year, not just my scratchings of the next twelve months.
Over the past few months, I’ve been serialising a new, short book about creative writing on the Writers Rebel website. It’s called How to Tell a Story to Save the World. It’s covered five screenwriting manuals by five storytelling gurus, World War Z in novel and movie form, and today the final chapters went up. […]
I’ve had some really thoughtful and passionate responses to the first part of How to Tell a Story to Save the World – recently published on the Writers Rebel website. It seems to have helped some writers clarify what they were already thinking and feeling. (Something’s not right with storytelling.) I’ve already heard that it’s […]
Long-time followers of the blog will know that I’ve done some lyric writing (for Emily Hall and True Bypass, among others). Most recently, I’ve been writing with the extremely talented and funny Will Grove-White of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. His credits include Fleabag and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. We wrote this during […]
A little advance warning – tomorrow the Writers Rebel website will start serialising a short book I wrote during lockdowns 1, 2 and 3. It’s called How to Tell a Story to Save the World. You may have seen a version of it here already, as a lecture I gave to Birkbeck MA and MFA […]
Sea-Creatures We lie within the deep flow feeding constantly. We seep slowly beneath ice-packs green like peppermint tea. We feed and then when full, feed more until it’d ache to eat another mouthful. Float, totally replete. Sea-creatures stippling ocean twilights, flickering true blue fluorescence and glowing far down into the black. […]