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Why do it? Notes from a writer’s shed

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Beyond the daily grind of the thousand words, there is a rhythm to life as a writer. The commission of the moment (if there is one),  the pressure of the work in progress, the seductive possibilities of those what-if, why-not?,...

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The rise and rise of the celebrity bully

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There was once a man called Jimmy Savile. He was powerful and did bad things. Although some people suspected as much, he was allowed to continue being powerful and doing bad things for two main reasons: he was a bully,...

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My 10 Writer’s Resolutions for 2015

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On a home-alone New Year's Eve, I find myself sternly noting resolutions to myself for the creative year ahead (the personal resolutions can wait). Of course, they may not work for everyone...   Enjoy yourself at work. Even when it...

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Top Nine Writer’s Rules #7: Fear

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It will catch any serious writer in the end: that familiar dread of the blank or page or screen as it stares back at you, daring you to give it  some words which, the blank page just knows, will be...

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Remembering Paul Sidey

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Some time in the early 1990s, the writer Willie Donaldson devoted his weekly column in the Independent to an account of how the editor who had commissioned him to write his memoirs was so desperate to get the book delivered...

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Top Nine Writer’s Rules #6: Confidence

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It is an undeniable (and frankly rather unattractive) aspect of a writer's character that it needs to be finely balanced between  arrogance and insecurity. Confidence is needed to write in the first place; a degree of self-doubt is necessary for...

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