Writing and Shit – Part 9 – Never do only one thing at a time

Welcome back. You have now – from inside you somewhere – dug out the three elements of a story. It should be one that you wouldn’t have considered writing, before starting this guide. Why? Because with each exercise, in each case, I have nudged you toward doing more than one thing at once. NEVER DO […]

Writing and Shit – Part 1 – What Type of Writer Are You?

Either/Or/Or I am guessing you are one of three sorts of writer. Does this sound like you? You have hundreds of ideas. You have dozens of opening sentences. You have lots and lots of half-stories. You have a few stories that have even reached what you once hoped was the end, but which turned out merely […]

STARTING TO WRITE – Lesson 8: Exposition and how to avoid it

You may have heard that common piece of advice from Creative Writing workshops ‘Show, don’t tell’, and you have have wondered what it meant. Or you may know. Here is an example of telling – Sara was born in May 1996. Ten years later her mother published her first novel. It was called Jumping Jumping. There […]

Wrestliana – William Litt (A Creative Writing Tutorial)

In this cut section from Wrestliana, I imagine giving my ancestor William Litt a creative writing tutorial, to help him improve his novel Henry & Mary.   Scene: My office.   Ah, William – hello. Come in. Yes, that chair. I always sit in this one, don’t know why. Fine – okay? How are you? How have […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 5 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness?   On the evening of Friday 26th May 2017, in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck, Professor Kay Redfield Jamison gave a reading from her amazing medical and poetic biography, Robert Lowell: Setting […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 4 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? The podcast from the fourth Friday evening event, which took place on Friday 19th May 2017, can be listened to here: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/05/writing-well-and-writing-to-get-well-nathan-filer-and-agata-vitale-in-conversation/ Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall, and Agata […]