UK Writing

Secrets and Lives

Caragh Little | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It takes courage, someone commented to me once, to send your observations out into the ether of the blog. Anyone could read it, whether they know you in 'real life' or not, and judge you or criticize you or think you're very strange. Almost worse, perhaps, nobody will read it at all...

Why I Write About Bulgaria

Ellis Shuman | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellis Shuman

It was a cloudy, spring day and my wife and I were sitting on a bench, waiting for the Regional Historical Museum to open its doors for the day. We were in Vratsa, a small town in northwestern Bulgaria, 2-hour's train journey north of Sofia.

Novelists Should Write Every Day - But Does Writing Non-Fiction 'Count'?

John Lucas | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?

Drinking Beer With Richard Rohr in New Mexico

Jonty Langley | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Jonty Langley

The first time I met Richard Rohr, I disgraced myself. It was at the wonderful Greenbelt festival, where Father Richard was a speaker.

If Your Partner Is Your Only Friend, You Need to Get a Life

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

If you're one of those people who spouts off about not needing friends because your partner is your best friend or because you're too busy, widen your horizons. Become an individual. Don't get into that unhealthy trap.

How To Be Successful A Successful Actor: Become A Triple Threat

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

Acting is a hard business. Don't get me wrong, doing the actual job isn't hard, it is a brilliant career, but the industry is a tough one and many actors remain out of work and in poverty. That is why I wrote my book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur.

This Video Of Kids Reacting To An Old-Fashioned Typewriter Will Make You Feel Really, Really Old

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Comedy

In fact, it's not even an 'old-fashioned' typewriter - it's just a typewriter. But to these children, it's something they've only seen in movies an...

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 4

Chris Saunders | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

You can't force people to buy your book. And begging is just embarrassing. In the most basic terms, you have to get your book in front of people who might like it and persuade them that they need to buy it.

Vidal's Death

Aaron Vallely | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Aaron Vallely

The writer most admired by Gore, was Frenchman Michel De Montaigne, whom was born in 1533. Montaigne was to Gore, what Gore is to me. A literary forefather.

Walter Benjamin and How I Learnt to Love My Library

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Benjamin remembers some of the books he has collected over the years. He recalls ordering books from catalogues - which are essentially the Amazon of the first half of the twentieth century - and waiting eagerly for their arrival.

Five Ways to Have a Productive Summer: Start a Side Project

Andrew Phillips | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Phillips

We all know that feeling of elation and excitement in the days, weeks or even months leading up to a well earnt and long overdue holiday. But when it comes to it, do you ever find yourself wondering if perhaps you should try to be more productive with what precious time you have to yourself?

Should a First-Time Literary Novelist Self-Publish on Amazon?

John Lucas | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Times are changing. Self-publishing is no longer 'vanity publishing' - a vaguely embarrassing exercise in assuaging one's writerly ambitions by paying large sums of money for a small run of leather-bound copies of a book - but a very real and increasingly credible alternative to mainstream publishing.

We Need to Talk About Rape More Calmly

Katie Beswick | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Nothing will get better, for men or for women, unless we can talk about rape more calmly; unless we can accept and marry into our language the fact that rape is both grotesque and horrific, banal and workaday; unless we can understand that rape isn't always the worst thing you can do, isn't always the worst thing that can happen to you - but that sometimes, it is. Rape, like life, is complicated, and we need ways to talk about that.

How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too, Probably

Katie Beswick | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Everything's a marketing opportunity. Our existence is only a chance to prove how brilliant we are, and to congratulate our mates for their brilliance too... The fact is, the more we PR our lives online, the more isolated we become. With every 'Ibiza. Done' status update we move further and further away from meaningful relationships with our families, friends and lovers.

Are You a Woman? Are You Writing a Memoir? Great, Read This!

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

The popularity of women's memoirs is booming. Women from all walks of life are finding that memoirs are a way of communicating, shedding light on experiences that would go unnoticed, hidden in a world dominated by men and male preferences.

What Does 'The End of Hipster' Mean for 'Mipsterz'?

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

Personal experiences of hipsters are a far cry from Williamsburg, New York but instead it was like watching pockets of East London being swallowed up by a swarm of skinny jean wearing, flat white drinking locusts. As preened men were dubbed "Metrosexuals" and "scallies" evolved into "Chavs"; in my circle "Indie" became "Hipster".

Why I Said No to the Job

Maria Senise | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I earned my teaching certification over a year ago, and at first, I was so excited to teach; now, after seeing all of the political and bureaucratic bullshit involved, the idea repulses me. Teaching summer school the past couple of years has been kind of alright because there aren't any standardized tests or government dictates involved.

Five Secrets I Learned on Writing Retreat

Rachael Lucas | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Lucas

The main secret I learned was there's no escaping the fact that the key to getting a book written is hard slog. But if you're going to do it, you may as well do it with copious amounts of cake and good company. I'm already planning my next escape, even if it does mean working on another novel to justify it.

The Fantastic Life of Paulo Coelho: Between Insanity and Spirituality

Ewa Zubek | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ewa Zubek

Immensely quotable, universally appealing, read all over the world - that's Paulo Coelho, the indisputable king of popular Brazilian literature. The man behind The Alchemist, one of the best-selling novels ever written, may be a spiritual guru to many, but his past is marked by episodes of black magic, drugs and orgies.

How to Boost Your Creativity: 10 Tips for Writers

Roberta Verdant | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roberta Verdant

This week I'm not housesitting. Here at home in South Devon I'm writing, creating, running creative writing workshops and musing on one of my favourite topics: creativity. In particular I'm thinking about inspiration for writers. Looking for some suggestions to free up your writing/creativity? Read on.

Ten Point Strategy for Indie Authors

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

My writing straddles too many genres to be categorised. So I turned Indie. However, when my self-published, first novel made it to the Amazon bestseller list, I realised I had a niche: a group of readers around the world who liked what I wrote. They wanted to know what it meant to come of age in a complex environment like India.

Writer's Retreats

Nigel Planer | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Planer

I rise with the sun at five and stroll down to the rush hut by the shore which serves as my private writing room. No sound all day but the surf sucking endlessly at the reef. I work here until one o'clock and produce maybe three thousand words a day....Yeah, right.

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part Three

Chris Saunders | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Market primed, you can finally hit 'publish.' The KDP service allows you to utilize various promotional offers, such as discounted pricing or offering your book free for a limited time. With X: A Collection of Horror, I opted for the latter.

Is It Time to Abandon UK Spelling?

Sandi Mann | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sandi Mann

It saddens me then, as a proud UK academic to say this, but it is probably time to abandon UK spelling and to adopt a standardised (sorry, standardized) format across the English-speaking world. UK English is set to go the way of Shakespearean English and continued resistance is probably futile.

Read Not Dead - Shakespeare's Contemporaries Reborn

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Gwalchmai

Hopefully, that last question is the one that most writers keep in their minds above all. We hope that if we make it true and we make it well, it will chime a chord with people enough to do the rest.