Flash fiction, Bath and utter filth

I was part of a fun evening of flash fiction readings in Bath last week. It was a packed house, an excellent atmosphere and brought home to me how good this type of fiction is for reading events. Literary festival organisers should take note - flash works! The event was organised by Jude Higgins, who [...]

Getting Creative and making rules with Aimee Bender

I'm not quite sure how I reached this interesting bit of information, as it's on the Oprah Winfrey website. My journeys across the vast plains of the internet are extensive, especially when procrastinating, but Oprah? Not so much. Anyway, anyone who wants to learn about short story writing in general would do well to read [...]

Litro Magazine and the Modals of Lost Opportunity

Every month the funky and fiction-packed Litro (an online and printed magazine which covers writing, the arts, travel and lifestyle) publishes an interview with an author under the title A Flash Of Inspiration. This month the article is about yours truly and my very short story 'Could Have, Would Have, Should Have'. It's a bit of [...]

Ira Glass, a bridgeable gap and writing crap

There is a certain kind of joy in being part of the social media age because, among the rank garbage and fluffy kitten videos, you occasionally stumble on something worthwhile that plants a seed or reinforces an idea you have. Or maybe it simply represents a truth that gets lost down the 'back of the sofa' of your [...]

Read to write better? Yes. And no.

"If you want to write better, you need to read more." I don't know how many times I've heard that phrase since I started writing (properly) nearly four years ago. And I heard it again recently, hence this post. Surely it's a sound piece of advice, you might think. Writers need to be readers, they need [...]

Characterisation and the car crash

Some musings on writing. Let's start with three examples: 1. I was in a road traffic accident the other day. I didn't suffer any injuries, though my car may not be repairable. Unfortunately it was my birthday. 2. I had an interesting birthday. Got into a car crash on the motorway. Not a scratch on me but my car is [...]