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Along The Write Lines · 1M ago

Do writers need boundaries?

Vive la difference!I'm at a really interesting point in the novel I'm writing. And I know that because it's making me uncomfortable. It's not violence or sex or swearing; no, it's more subtl...
Along The Write Lines · 1M ago

STANDPOINT is FREE

Where it all began.First, a public announcement. STANDPOINT is a FREE download from May 14th to May 18th. Please share / download / review and do all the other groovy things that make an aut...
Along The Write Lines · 1M ago

Is Social Media the Writer's Friend?

Recently, The Guardian carried a piece about author Joanna Trollope's criticism of fellow author JK Rowling. Specifically, JT thinks JKR spends far too much time being far too vocal on socia...
Along The Write Lines · 1M ago

Who Owns Your Books?

Now you see me.When it comes to books, the word 'ownership' can mean different things at different times.Who owns an idea?Nobody. Try copyrighting an idea and be prepared for laughter and di...
Along The Write Lines · 1M ago

The Writer's Code

Sometimes we can't see the woods for the bluebells.I always dread software updates. I expect things to go wrong. Today was a doosie. The iPad update had all kinds of nifty improvements that ...
Along The Write Lines · 2M ago

People Person

Visitors to this blog will have noticed my People Per Hour button on the right hand side of the screen. Who knows, you may even have tired me too as a consequence. (In which case, thank you....
Along The Write Lines · 3M ago

Introducing Erik Carter

I never tire of meeting other writers (more often, online these days) and finding out what makes them tick. Whether we specialise in the same genre or find ourselves in different camps there...
Along The Write Lines · 3M ago

Room for a Review

Last month I ran a mini workshop on the theme of Comedy Writing in Fiction. (I mentioned it here.) Linda recently sent me a review of the event and she's kindly let me post it on this blog.I...
Along The Write Lines · 3M ago

How writing can be a therapeutic tool

"Writing does not protect us from tragedy, but it does give us a way of working through problems and perhaps expressing them differently in fiction."It's a truism that writers draw upon pers...
Along The Write Lines · 3M ago

Writing can be a funny old business

Workshops are a great way to learn, to find out what you already know, and to approach a familiar subject with fresh eyes. This still holds true when you're the person delivering the event.B...