I love books. No surprises there. But what I love about them is not just their stories or even the writer's way with words. It's the physical thing. The words set in ink or pixels, the weight in my hands, the breath as I start a new page. There is something marvellous about books, they … Continue reading Unbound: All I Want For #CrowdfundChristmas
Time Magazine might have thought it popped up by surprise, but in reality Amazon’s first physical bookstore has been a long time coming. Yes, you read that right. Amazon’s first physical bookstore. To be exact, they’ve opened a 5,500-square-foot bookstore, carrying a not-that-impressive 5,000 to 6,000 titles with 15 employees under the direction of Amazon … Continue reading Amazon Killed the Bookstore, Long Live the Bookstore
The list of banned books is a pretty impressive though not particularly exclusive club. And the number one reason for most being on there is not obscenity or insensitivity: it is fear. Fear, which makes us self-censor our words and stop before we write. Fear, which can make us better writers and readers... but only if we let it.
Oscar Wilde said: If at first you don't succeed, redefine success. When you think hard enough about it, this is all literature is about. Reinvention, imagination and just a little bit of gumption.
I’ve always found the best talks answer only enough questions to make you ask more. In spite of the ‘folk science’ element to what was said at ‘Good Psychopath, Really?’, a talk by Professor Kevin Dutton and author Andy McNab, the ideas definitely shoved me far enough away from my baseline to give me a space-eyed … Continue reading Are You A Psychopath? Are You Sitting Next To One?
Ah the catcall – the unsolicited dick-pick made IRL. Every time a catcaller opens their mouth, it’s tempting to put a gun in it. I've avoided writing about it until now, but I'm beginning to realise that unless everyone is talking about the issue - no one is going to listen. This post may be NSFW.
To make my ‘writing holiday’ more like a holiday and less like I’m sitting at a computer all day caffeinating myself into a heart attack, I decided to pack up my pens and spend some time scribbling in a few of my favourite haunts in London. The result: Six days, six coffees for the writerly Londoner.
Different writers have different styles of writing. That’s a given.Yet one element that has always fascinated me but readers and aspiring writers don’t necessarily ever see is the writer’s style of creation.
Spending the weekend out of London to look after the family dog, my plan was also to spend some quality time writing. But despite the perfect timing, the endless hours to myself, I hit the writing wall. So instead of watching Netflix all day, I thought I'd write a blog about it and why spending time not writing is not always a bad thing.
Recently, I’ve read a lot about the role of the online world in the lives of writers. At the Writer’s Digest Annual Forum 2015, FutureBook were there on stage talking about writing and the community, assessing the impact community has had upon the way we write and the way we publish literature. “Once,” they commented, … Continue reading Of Astronauts and Authors (Or Why Writers Dream Big)