Three Good Things: despair and consolation

I’m starting an occasional series this week I’m calling Three Good Things. This is by no means an idea I’ve borrowed from a cookery writer. Absolutely not. The idea is this: grab three recent writing or publishing links that resonate with one another either directly or through me – and lay them out here with […]

Signs you might be a story geek

I noticed that Go Into The Story reposted an index of the excellent series of posts on Aristotle’s Poetics from 2013, and it occurred to me that I should definitely write something about that here. And then it struck me. I know! What about my favourite Poetics principle? It could even be a meme, right? […]

A little failure. A little doubt. Not too much. Just enough.

Two articles this week got me thinking about the balancing act we need to perform between confidence and self-criticism. Over at Electric Literature’s Blunt Instrument advice blog Lisa Derrick (@lisajderrick) asked how you can tell if your writing is any good. It’s an important question – because the commitment required for most people to produce […]