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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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Top Nine Writer’s Rules: #5 Block

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Look at the first of these two rules, and you'll see that nothing divides authorly opinion like writer's block. Most of these insights are either self-pitying or briskly unsympathetic  -  successful writers seem to believe in tough love when dispensing...

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Top Nine Writer’s Rules #4: Research

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Here's a funny thing. Writers like to play down research. 'Just live your life and use that as your material,' seems to be the message. Even, 'And don't have too exciting a life while you're at it.' Here is a...

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Some passing thoughts on…groping and the older man

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The people's philosopher, Alain de Botton, has been considering Rolf Harris and his wandering hands. In de Botton's funny-yet-serious spoof of newspapers  The Philosophers' Mail, he takes his customary rosy view of things. The Harris case and others like it,...

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