Out now! Diary of a Scaredy Cat

Some of you have been waiting for this … and today’s the day you can finally get hold of Diary of a Scaredy Cat: a year in the life of a frightened writer. The writer’s guide, with exercises, is available in paperback, for £5.99, and on Kindle, for £2.99. Overseas markets will follow in a few days. Retail outlets will take a little longer. But UK readers can order a copy right now! Diane Wordsworth was struggling to get back into […]

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52 books in 52 weeks: Writing the Cozy Mystery

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 5. Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen is another short read, although this one took less than 30 minutes. But I thought that was great as I was able to read it through in one sitting, something I’ll do again, but this time trying out what the author suggests. There is only one actual exercise in the book, but the rest […]

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52 books in 52 weeks: How to Write Fiction – a Guardian masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 4. How to Write Fiction – a Guardian masterclass is similar to the 60-minute masterclass books in that it takes around 60 minutes to read it from cover to cover. There, however, is where any similarities end. The book comprises a number of contributions from different “experts”, interspersed with writing exercises lifted from The Writing Book: a practical guide by Kate Grenville. And if […]

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52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Short Stories – a 60 minute masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 3. Writing Short Stories – a 60 minute masterclass by Shelley Weiner took me just under 60 minutes to read. But I was lucky to get through it as the literary comparisons and the lack of practical exercises that build on each other almost stopped me in my tracks. I’m glad I got over myself, and my own personal prejudices, though, as once […]

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52 books in 52 weeks: Feature Writing – a 60 minute masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year … and then right in week one was struck down by lurgy. So the first in the series is a little late, but it’s a short enough book. Feature Writing – a 60 minute masterclass by Rob Orchard does exactly what it says on the cover. It took me just about 60 minutes to read it in one sitting. and the exercises – all five of […]

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