Writing advice

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By |September 18th, 2013|

“Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.”

Dorethy Parker

My all time favourite quote about writing

By |February 10th, 2013|

“Even the state of defeat was propitious, because there is nothing in this life or the next that is not useful to the writer.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Living To Tell The Tale

Adventures in writing

By |January 22nd, 2013|

Last week, I led a trip to Arvon’s Lumb Bank centre for 14 10-year-olds. A week away from games consoles, mobiles and TV – just us, a stack of good books, paper and pens (oh, and two fantastic authors – Gillian Cross and Steve Voake – who led the children on the first steps of […]

Space to write (part 2)

By |November 4th, 2012|

When I was ten, in my last year at primary school, I experienced what it would be like to be a writer for the first time. Over a period of a few weeks, I wrote a 30 page retelling of the Aladdin story. When I was finished, I handed it to my teacher (Mrs Hays […]

My top tips for teachers who want to develop as writers

By |October 8th, 2012|

If you’re a teacher thinking about your own writing, you’re probably most concerned about the time it will take (time you feel you don’t necessarily have). For me, the times I carve out for my own writing are in the early morning, before my family has woken up and then again once they have gone […]

Why teachers should be writers – what the research says

By |October 8th, 2012|

Developing as writers is important because:

Writing is an activity in which we can develop alongside the children. Writing isn’t like other activities which get easier the more we do them; it always remains challenging, whether we are facing the challenges of learning to write a story in Year 2 or whether we are putting together […]

Space to write

By |August 26th, 2012|

What are the barriers to you improving as a writer? To really giving it a go? Time? Space? If you’re like me, you don’t have a study or a shed to which you can retreat and even if you’re lucky enough to have a suitable bolt-hole, you don’t feel you have the time to do […]

By |May 1st, 2012|

“Even the state of defeat was propitious for there is notthing in this world or the next that is not of use to the writer.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Living to tell the tale.

Kurt Vonnegut on writing short stories

By |April 13th, 2012|

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character […]

Thanks Ira Glass for the sound advice

By |April 11th, 2012|