Tag Archives: creative writing

The Short Story as Abstract Art

They say that in art, it’s impossible to be truly original. There can be nothing new, because everything has been done before. But in the world of fiction writing, some people are going to extreme lengths to make their writing different. Maybe their … Continue reading

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Do I look like Roald Dahl?

Recently, I submitted one of my stories to a popular writing magazine. I’ve not had a great deal of success so far (despite some positive feedback) so I’m hoping for a change of fortune. The magazine in question has some very fixed, rather strange … Continue reading

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Writers’ Forum (or against ’em?)

One morning last week I bunked off work to attend a writers’ forum, held as part of the Penarth Book Festival (watch out Hay!) The presenter was Phil Carradice, a Welsh author and poet with over fifty books behind him. Actually, … Continue reading

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Hanif you think creative writing courses are a waste of time…

Apparently Hanif Kureishi does. Which makes me wonder why he runs one, and why anyone would want to attend it! I admit that I have some sympathy with his viewpoint. I think there are a number of problems with teaching … Continue reading

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Free short stories, and Manchester

I’ve put one of my short stories on the downloads page of the blog. Called ‘Outside’, it’s just over 5,000 words long and, like the novel (but not all my writing!) set in Manchester. Anyone who knows the city may have fun identifying … Continue reading

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