Handy quiz: Are you a writer?

Do you ever wonder if you’ll ever make it as a writer? Do you dream of jacking in the day-job and scribbling your opus on a beach somewhere? Or if are you afraid that dream will never come true, and your book will never make it out off the hard drive? Well, take my handy…

Down copy-edit crevasse

I like to think I know my way around a sentence. After all, I spend most of my waking hours reading or writing something (yeah, I’m really fun to be around). I have an English degree and am a fully paid-up grammar pedant. Despite this, there are hundreds of rules in English that I’m still…

Published in a year

Is it possible? Yes, it’s totally possible to write and sell a book in a year. To prove this, let me tell you a self-indulgent and possibly boring story. But go on, listen anyway. Today was the Writers’ and Artists Getting Published conference. A year ago, I was there myself. I’d booked it full of…

The care and feeding of a writer

This week I acquired a puppy. He’s cute and cuddly. He has droopy ears that drag in his water bowl, a waggly tail, and a sweet face. He also has a wide range of needs and if they don’t get met you’re in for a whole world of whining, barking, and accidental emissions of bodily…

Some feminine tosh

A disclaimer: I write the following as a card-carrying feminist. I’m in the Fawcett Society, I’ve been to Feminism in London three years running, and I even have the T-shirt: So this is no Daily Mail-style shut-up-and-stop-whinging-girls diatribe. But I’ve been wondering of late – do women still need special treatment in writing? Oops, that…