The Lightness of Gold

Do artists owe a duty to speak true things? A complex topic in itself, but more complex is whether that duty takes precedence over selling work. The rather spiffing Austin Hackney made several interesting comments in response to last week's post on avoiding gendered language: among them that authors need to consider commercial realities, but … Continue reading The Lightness of Gold


I’m Thinking About Thinking About…

As frequent readers will know, I post quite a few philosophical, social, or political pieces; and those are only outlet for my perspectives and musings. Unsurprisingly, I am sometimes accused of over-thinking these issues. However, this is patently inaccurate: I over-think everything. For example, earlier this month I purchased a different brand of oats. The … Continue reading I’m Thinking About Thinking About…

Money For New Thoughts

The comments thread on Monday's post about paying people to write has revealed an interesting commonality: without controls anyone would sign up. So, I thought I'd post my response as a separate article: that's what I want. In fact, I want to remove the obstacle of needing even a pretence of using it to compensate … Continue reading Money For New Thoughts

The Bullet Catcher’s Author: An Interview with Rod Duncan

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-Gendered Polite Mechanicals, Davetopia is proud to present for your edification the question-answering talents of Mr Rod Duncan. Marvel as he forms a coherent sentence! Gasp in awe at his ability to sustain an argument! Observe, if you dare, the innermost workings of his mind! 1. Your official bio is below. But … Continue reading The Bullet Catcher’s Author: An Interview with Rod Duncan

10 Reasons you stop writing your book and why to ignore them

All of these are true of writing as more than a hobby, but they also apply to making any hobby more than a pastime.

Even ‘You’ve written yourself into a hole’: our experience changes constantly which changes both what we can do and what we see as worthy, so it might be surprising how infrequently our plans to progress need revision.

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There isn’t a writer alive that hasn’t stopped writing, whether as a planned break or simply because they got out of the habit. It’s happened to me in the past and I’m sure it will happen again in the future. When it does, we often come up with excuses as to justify why we’ve stopped writing, but the majority of the time that’s all they are, excuses. The trick is recognising them for the lies they are and dealing with them. Here are the ten most common reasons people stop writing and why you should ignore them.

1 Your writing isn’t very good

You’ve just read back what you’ve been slaving over for the past few weeks/months and are horrified at how poor it is, so much so you’re questioning whether you’re a writer at all. I’ll let you into a little secret, every writer does this. OK, there may be a couple…

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A Hurricane of Possibilities

This performance at TED Global 2014 is beautiful for itself, but also raised an interesting question of perception. If you want to see if you experience the same effect, I suggest watching the video before reading below the (electronic) fold. Viewed as a piece of art, there is both emotion and technical skill. However, as … Continue reading A Hurricane of Possibilities

In Collaboration, The Nature of Art

Last week Simon Cantan posted an overview of the collaborative writing method we developed since starting Greenstar about a year ago. While we are still using the passing-back-and-forth method I mentioned in mentioned in my first post about our collaboration, as Simon's post shows we have made it more efficient since we began. However, no … Continue reading In Collaboration, The Nature of Art

Million Word Challenge – July

As usual the first post of the month is an update on the Million Words Challenge. And, as predicted, I fell behind. However, I had a pleasant holiday and Una became even more socialised. My target for July was 53,100 words, which I did exceed comfortably with a final total of 71,770 words; but my … Continue reading Million Word Challenge – July

What Garlic is to Salad, Insanity is to Art.

The very talented Neil Murton's Magpie Tales come out in paperback next week; to celebrate (and because I am on holiday, so didn't want to think too hard), today's post is about his latest 100-word story, 'Salad Days'. Which was inspired by this advertisement: His story opens with: I was eating salad, nervously.... Which, for … Continue reading What Garlic is to Salad, Insanity is to Art.