Has the art of writing become a dirty secret?

Has the art of writing become a dirty secret?

Why is writing no longer considered an art form? When did writing a novel, the study of grammar or the craft of copy writing become separated from the broader creative arts — even literature itself? Because if you were to go into certain bookshops these days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the creation of all those books was a guilty secret.

All the right words – just not necessarily in the right order

All the right words – just not necessarily in the right order

It is often said that the key to great comic delivery is timing. I would go further and say its the key to great writing too. But before I get into that, let’s examine the power of timing in the best way possible — Morecambe and Wise.

The soundtrack of my muse

The soundtrack of my muse

music notesWorking in an office as I do, it can often be particularly difficult to focus, uninterrupted and without distraction, on a piece of writing. This is why the iPod is the greatest ever invention for office-based writers.

Weird guy talks about blogging

Weird guy talks about blogging

Last November – hence the bizarre facial hair as part of the Movember charity campaign – I was interviewed by Bluewire Media as part of their Plugged In interview series.

But anyway…

But anyway…

ABC blocksI wonder if any of you have a memory like this? I must have been about two or three years old. Either way, my brother, who is fifteen months younger than me, was still in a high chair. I remember that we were on holiday and staying in a holiday apartment or hotel (I’m not sure which). My brother was being fed a boiled egg in his high chair and Dad was talking to Mum.