Well, so far in my journey to put you off writing, I’ve told you why you shouldn’t be a writer and then went on to tell you there’s no money in it. If you’re still here, well done. Clearly optimism in the face of reality is strong in you – you might just make it… Read More A Brief Guide to Writing: 4 – Budgeting income as a writer
In my previous article I did my best to put you off any fantasy of making a living from writing. If you’re still here, I take it you’ve engaged with that and you’re ready to find out what you can do as a writer (and if you missed it, read it first and then come… Read More A Brief Guide to Writing: 3 – Thinking like a writer
My brain is wired a little differently to most other brains of around my age. When thinking of writing a series to help and encourage writers, my first thought was ‘what can I say to really scare them off?’ So here I am starting my series of short guides by telling you why you shouldn’t… Read More A Brief Guide to Writing: 2 – Why you shouldn’t be a writer
I felt it was about time to put down in writing the various things I’ve learned, or found helpful, about this game we call ‘being a writer’. I remember, when I first started to train as a writer, that many of the writers I followed boasted of their credentials that they’d been commercially writing for… Read More A Brief Guide to Writing: 1 – Introduction
My rating: 4 of 5 stars With the final book in the quadrilogy that is The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, I was surprised just how this got to me considering I wasn’t convinced at first. ‘Talking to Dragons’ presents very differently to the previous three books; not a surprise in some ways considering this was the… Read More Book Review: Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
My rating: 5 of 5 stars A long-time lover of Global history, I’m very aware just how too much of what I’ve read has been written by white British historians (Peter Frankopan is just about the best of them). I recently started a run of reading non-white historians to get a much better balance of… Read More Book Review: Empireland – How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera
My third book, ‘Try Not To Laugh’ is now out both as paperback and in kindle version. Eight years in the making, the method(s) I detail within are the result of nearly 30 years of using in education (classroom and private) with a long and proven track record of significantly improving grades for students of… Read More Book Announcement: Try Not To Laugh (How to Revise, Memorise and Survive Exams)
I am delighted to announce my first formal course for writers – one based on twenty years of teaching and ten years as working freelance writer and editor. I am taking bookings to begin from July (you can join at any time) – but places are limited and many have filled already just through word-of-mouth!… Read More NEW! Psychology for Writers course
“This collection of stories made me laugh, made me cry and made me think about aspects of my own past in different ways.” Yesterday ‘Old Man on the Beach and other stories’ went live on Amazon Kindle and, in the UK rankings at least, immediately shot into the Top 100 for its three categories thanks to… Read More ‘Old Man’ goes ‘Bestseller’!
You have just one week to sign up to your favourite Amazon site and pre-order the kindle version of my new book ‘The Old Man on the Beach and other stories’ with 20% knocked off the price. Once it launches on the 17th March, the price goes up – so get it while it’s as cheap as chips… Read More One week to go until the launch – get your copy pre-ordered now!