Writing Horror for Young Adults Part 2

  Yesterday I wrote a bit about my forthcoming collection of short stories for ‘Young Adults’: a bit of background about how it came about and a little about my initial thoughts or lack thereof of what constitutes YA. Today I thought I’d look at a few general questions I’m now starting to consider (or... Continue Reading →

Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury (and the Douglas was used in a lot of stories...) was born on August 22nd, 1920. Bradbury was a science fiction writer...but that's to categorize him unfairly, and far too narrowly. Even to call him a fantasy, horror or mystery writer, is to do the man injustice. Quite simply he was an... Continue Reading →

Writing Resources: 14/100: Marketing Yourself on Amazon

Not much to read here...it's all in the 28-page handout you can download below. The handout follows on from the Publishing Workshop I've presented at various writers' groups and looks at some of the ways you can start promoting your work on Amazon and through Kindle. It considers some of the different ways of advertising... Continue Reading →

Newcastle Noir 2019: An Interview with Luke McCallin and Paul Hardisty

I was lucky enough to be invited to facilitate a session at this weekend's Newcastle Noir Literary Crime Festival, held in the Central Library in my old home town of Newcastle. The session was entitled, 'The Men in Black' - due to the fact that the authors interviewed write novels firmly entrenched in the 'real... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 12/100: Develop a Thick Skin

This one's a tough one: and if you don't get it, you can just f**k off. Offended by that directional suggestion? You're in the right place...   The first bout of indignant outrage I remember feeling about criticism of my writing probably dates back to being about 11. (You can see already I don't handle... Continue Reading →

‘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 →

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 →

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