Graphing the paragraph. Is Stephen King right?

One of my favourite books on writing is, err, ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King. Not only does he speak with masterly experience but there’s a wry wit and wisdom lurking behind his comments on ‘the craft’. I was particularly struck by this statement from the maestro: ‘I would argue that the paragraph, not the sentence,…

Litter

Our lives are confettied by litter. So much taken for granted. Every age an age of waste. My street is a tunnel of litter and will remain so until the brick houses collapse into themselves and revert to mounds clothed in earth and briars. In the meantime, plenty blows through. Sweet wrappers on pavements, stirred…

Are you a daydream writer?

  When I was a teenager I found a book in a library book sale: Imagination and Fancy by Leigh Hunt. I’m holding it now, a perfect shape for hand and pocket. Hunt’s 1844 anthology was laced with excerpts from the ‘great’ poets. One of his ideas has always intrigued me, namely, that poetry is…

Helpful Harry and the Vanishing Narrative

  Recently I was talking bedtime stories with a colleague. (Not that kind!). We were comparing the bedtime stories we told our young children. He explained how his daughter would name a famous person – say, Cleopatra – and he would improvise a version of her story. In his case, with a bit of help…

To Blog or not to Blog?

Not blogging or reading blogs, we assume, is out of the question. Or is to be – more exactly – outside the most relevant questions, the zeitgeist, the clash and flash and flow of discourse in our digital age. For a writer of fiction blogging offers platforms and sinkholes. As for myself, I’d like to…