‘Off Script’ – available now

A while back I wrote about my planned new publication 'Off Script' I'm pleased to say it's now available at Amazon - currently on Kindle and, if you have it, Kindle Unlimited. The paperback version will be available within the next week or so. After publishing two collections of short stories (Basement Tales and You... Continue Reading →

March: the Month of Merch.

Over the last eight months or so I've been casually promoting my two collections, You Could Make a Killing and Basement Tales. This site is part of that, albeit in a 'grab bag' of everything else included too. I've decided I'm going to use March as a full-on promotional assault. Why? Well, it would be... Continue Reading →

Unfilmable Books – and a Competition

As part of my forthcoming title, 'Off Script' (available early March) I take a couple of my previously published short stories and present them side by side with a shooting script version of the same material. In both cases, the original stories were written from a first-person perspective. I explain and illustrate alternative approaches that... Continue Reading →

My Writing Space- a selection of authors

In a recent article in my Resource for Writers series I talked about the importance (or not) of having a regular writing space. After writing that I reached out to a few fellow writers about their own creative spaces and, with their permission, I’m sharing them with you today. First off, a couple of my... Continue Reading →

Writing Competitions: Pay to Play?

I saw a competition advertised yesterday that actually looked as if it might be worth entering -the 16th Annual Screenwriting Challenge. It's a well-established event (in its 16th year), and is a time-based knock-out competition organised by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness with an interesting concept - write a short screenplay around a number of given subjects/ elements... Continue Reading →

Long praise for the short story

"I don't really like short stories, but I actually thought they were okay." Not the greatest accolade ever received, but from my father, that was high praise. No- I'm just kidding about that last bit: he was never one of those stereotypes who was short on praise (although he did fulfil the stereotype 'never let... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 11/100: a safe place

There was a minor kerfuffle a while back when Arron Banks (dodgy Brexit backer - no, don't bother looking him up, you'll just feel as if you need a shower afterwards) accused JK Rowling of being 'pretentious' for mentioning she had a writing room. The response was pretty amusing with the good and the great... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Babysitting

This is a story that didn't make it into You Could Make a Killing, but could have done...if you want to read more like this, you'll find them in that collection - available in paperback, Kindle, or if you have Kindle Unlimited, as part of your free allowance.   * I arrived five minutes before... Continue Reading →

Amazon Reviews

Do you know an author? I don't mean you live next door to one of the big guns like James Patterson, Lee Childs or Jordan. I mean a humble, self-publishing/ small press/ indie publisher author? Do you get sick of them: a) asking you to read their stuff (preferably by buying it...which you feel obliged... Continue Reading →

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