Category Archives: Books

Read as a Writer

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.” William Faulkner One of the best ways to improve your own writing is to immerse yourself in the writing of other people. It … Continue reading

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How to be a Writer (3): Little Miss Useful

Write the book that you have to write, but make sure that other people want to read it. If you want people to buy a non-fiction book (not just when it first comes out, but for ten or more years) … Continue reading

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How to be a Writer (2): Mr Money

If you want to make a living out of writing, you have to get paid for what you write. May I introduce you to Mr Money? You’re going to have to make his acquaintance if you want to make a … Continue reading

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How to be a Writer (1): Little Miss Procrastination

Procrastination is the enemy of the writer. But she is also your friend. When you’re at school, the adults insist that you write, so you do it even when you don’t want to. But once you leave school and there’s … Continue reading

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A Hierarchy of Books

“A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but nobody wants to read.” Mark Twain This week I had lunch with a friend who I hadn’t seen in ages. It was lovely to catch up with her, and it … Continue reading

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Think for Yourself

I have a confession to make: I don’t read education books. I write them, obviously, but I very, very rarely read them, unless I’ve been asked to write a review. This is not meant to be some kind of anti-intellectual … Continue reading

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Am Reading

Lennox The Long Glasgow Kiss The Deep Dark Sleep by Craig Russell Lennox is basically Jack Reacher and Myron Bolitar, mixed together. (If you don’t know Myron Bolitar, I highly recommend Harlan Coben’s entire oeuvre. If you don’t know Jack … Continue reading

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*BAD* Review

There’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ book review. There’s such a thing as a negative one, sure, and it’s perfectly possible to find badly written book reviews, or unnecessarily personal ones (don’t worry, your readers have a brain just like you). … Continue reading

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Why am I Hear?*

Disclaimer: Nothing in this blog post is intended to tell you what to think or how to teach. Warning: This blog post contains elements of self-indulgence. I’ve been trying to work out why I blog. It’s not really about marketing, except in a … Continue reading

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Am Publishing

‘Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea.’ Margaret Atwood 1. If you want to make your living as a writer, you have to get used the idea of asking people … Continue reading

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