morning pages for writers

Morning Pages Three Weeks On

Last month, I decided to try some morning pages (MPs), because I was stuck on my novel. I also promised to report the results the following week, but I went to Paris for a week and didn’t get time to update. The positive side of this, is I’ve been doing my MPs for three weeks now.


Finish What You Started…

This post is a change for me in that I haven’t posted anything much recently, I have been offline and out of the writing loop. Instead I have been in the deep end revising a story that I had ‘finished’ in my mind over a year ago. At the time I wanted to leave it a…


All men dream

One of my favourite quotes is… All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it…

Edward Thomas

Jean Moorcroft Wilson on Edward Thomas: From Adlestrop to Arras

Jean Moorcroft Wilson is an eminent literary biographer, a lecturer at Birkbeck College and a leading expert on First World War Literature. She is the author of biographies of Siegfried Sassoon, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Isaac Rosenberg and the niece of Virginia Woolf.e extraordinary life of a poetic genius. Talk followed by signing at Brendon Books at…

Thomas Hardy's Wessex

Worldbuilding in Hardy’s Wessex

Hardy’s Wessex is part figment and part reality. Real places were given fictional names, allowing him to create a world that’s sometimes bleak, sometimes idealised, but always familiar. Could you create a Hardy Country of your own and where would it be?

Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

Welcome the May Queen

Today is Beltane, otherwise known as May Day. It’s a pagan festival that welcomes the move from spring to summer. Novels like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, look at the plight of the old deities in the modern world. What are they doing, behind the scenes, as we become distracted by new religions and even give up our faith altogether?

writing course

Free Online Writing Fiction Course

If you want to write, but just can’t get started, then you’re in luck. The Open University has launched a free, online course, called ‘Start Writing Fiction’. The course focuses on creating characters, takes place over eight weeks and you only need to spare three hours a week – that’s a couple of weekend sessions or less than 30 minutes a day.