Recent posts – Page 151

  • Inspiration, Perspiration, Education

    I love the very notion of genius: the ultimate being; one who levitates from bed in the morning with poetry bristling in every follicle; one who, en route to their early morning cup of nectar, has only to pass by a word-processor for the perfect words, the cadenced sentences, the achingly beautiful...

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  • Seducing an Agent

    Last week an agent called me. I've been told that getting an agent to pay attention to you is more difficult than eating an entire whale with a teaspoon, but apparently these things do sometimes happen. I caught the agent's eye when she was a judge for the West Dean/Myriad Editions Writers' Retreat...

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  • In Defence of Short Story Collections

    Last week one of my closest friends, Ryan Van Winkle, had his first poetry book published by Salt after winning the Crashaw prize, and we found out Morrissey was wrong about hating your friends when they become successful. Actually, we were all stupidly excited to stand around in Blackwells,...

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  • The Problem with Writing in the First Person

    Back in February the Guardian published a guide for aspiring writers entitled ‘Ten Rules for Writing Fiction’, which assembled the tips and hints of dozens of well-known authors. The article was entertaining, intermittently useful and full of contradictions. ‘Write only when you have something to...

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  • My Top Tips for Lists of Tips

    I’ve been teaching creative writing classes for Edinburgh University’s Office of Lifelong Learning. Everything in writing is up for debate, but people are comforted by a few hard and fast pieces of advice. So I set about compiling a list of my favourite writing maxims. I have a love-hate...

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  • How Charlie Higson Helped Me Bond With My Son

    Has your child ever called you a zombie? And would he save you if you were sick with a Zombie Disease? As part of Scottish Book Trust's Meet Our Authors Flagship Schools project, parent Julie Miller writes about the effects Charlie Higson's event had on both her and her son. Reading Opportunity for...

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