By Melissa Ballard Don’t worry. You won’t be asked to remember those three words. This is not part of a cognitive assessment. It’s how I start my …Robe, Coffee, Crossword
By Gabriela Denise Frank Can we strike shitty first draft from our vocabulary? No wants to do a shitty job at anything. Writing time is precious and …Against the Shitty First Draft
In which another Jackie nails exactly how Easter works in the UK There are certain times of year where I find my homesickness levels for England rise. One of these is the Easter weekend. I have lovely memories of …Easter in England: Bigger eggs, hot cross buns and more days orf!
Look! Going back to basics … holiday sorted 😁
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I’ve been teaching at Birkbeck over 10 years. Over that time,
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Re-blogging for the interesting observations about fragmented writing but also because I want to know more about this film. Anyone heard of it? In our Craft Section this month, Sonja Livingston explores the link between trauma and fragmented memoirs, and that unlikeliest of literary pioneers,…On Meg Tilly, Early Trauma and the Rise of the Fragmented … Continue reading On Meg Tilly, Early Trauma and the Rise of the Fragmented Memoir
Flash memoir is much more difficult than “only 750 words” suggests. As readers, we see finished pieces. Work that’s had a writing buddy or teacher or…All’s Well That Ends Well
Interviewing an author for the Brevity Podcast, I ask how his book is coming along. He says it’s terrible. He has no idea how he’ll make his way …Yes, Virginia, There Is A Sh*tty First Draft
A writer asked me: Have you ever in your work as the Unkind Editor told someone they should quit writing? Which may be another way of asking if you …Should You Quit Writing?
I’m re-blogging this because … well, look at my photo. Of course I’m interested. I don’t feel sidelined as I get older, but then I never thought I was mainstream, or that mainstream was a desirable option. But I am definitely in favour of strong female protagonists, regardless of age. And I am definitely, definitely … Continue reading Beyond Act One: Why We Need More Stories about Older Women —
By Khaiah Thomson I was given a copy of Leaving Blackwood by the publishers in exchange for an independent review. The Blackwood trilogy is a Young Adult supernatural fiction series. Back in the mists of time I reviewed Welcome to Blackwood, and now Leaving Blackwood is out and my goodness, it was worth the wait. … Continue reading Review: Leaving Blackwood