‘Talking things through with a trusted friend or family member can be just what you need to revive your passion for a project’
An editor’s job is about so much more than just editing. If one of my authors is suffering from writers’ block, I am the soundboard, the person with whom ideas can be discussed and discarded. Writing is a solitary endeavour for the most part, so when you get stuck it can be helpful to […]Read More
‘Don’t listen to blowhards who boast about the vast number of words they manage to spew out’
At the end each writing day I am usually between five hundred and a thousand words ahead. I have no idea how many words I delete. Writers write and it is obviously important to put words on the page, but this is not a dick measuring competition. Don’t listen to blowhards who boast about the […]Read More
How Do I Outsmart Writer’s Block?
Use clustering to explore new avenues in your writing Snapshot: clustering Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt pen plus a huge wall or whiteboard can be great fun. Write one of the potent words from your last piece of writing in the middle of the page and circle it. […]Read More
T20 is a Batsman’s Game!
This week the weather had a major impact on the NatWest t20 Blast, with 14 matches in the season to date failing to produce a result. Despite being the victim of four No Results, Glamorgan top the South Group by two points, having reached 12 points from nine games. They are followed by Surrey (who […]Read More
Six Sixes in an Over – and Still not Enough!
The most dramatic match in the NatWest t20 Blast of the round of fixtures on Sunday 16 July took place at Chelmsford, where the hosts set a hefty target of 219 for four, with Varun Chopra making a career-best 103 not out off 59 balls, but Colin Ingram did even better, though he was run […]Read More
‘I was conscious when writing my memoir that I wanted it to be accessible to everyone’
I recently had the opportunity to share my life experiences as a transgender woman in my memoir entitled The New Girl. My memoir is about as honest as you can get – I really don’t hold anything back! – but making the decision to lay myself bare like this was an easy one. You see, […]Read More
Jane Austen – Reading at Home
Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home follows the author throughout her life’s households. Below is an extract from the book detailing the Austen family’s fondness for reading aloud in the Rectory. Her brother Henry described Jane’s novels, with their many drafts, as ‘gradual performances’. And Pride and Prejudice was written for a more literal type […]Read More
Going to the Ball with Jane Austen
Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home follows the author throughout her life’s households. Below is an extract from the book detailing the preparation entailed in attending a ball. The excitement of the evening began with dressing, the moment when ‘the first Bliss of a Ball began’. As Jane would put it in The Watsons, female camaraderie […]Read More
Denly and McKay Set New Records in t20 Blast
There was just one Specsavers County Championship match this week, with Worcestershire visiting Cheltenham. Gloucestershire batted first, and things were in the balance when Jack Taylor came out to bat, but the 25-year-old made his fifth century (143) to help his side up to a total of 383. Ed Barnard took four for 93. It […]Read More
First Test v South Africa 2017
Fans of international red-ball cricket have had to wait until July to see their first action of the summer (the latest start since 1983), and the arrival of the South Africans brought with it a history of England captains stepping down. But it was all change at Lord’s as England lined up with a new […]Read More
Dickson Tops 300 as Records Tumble at Beckenham
With the top two (Essex and Lancashire) not having a fixture, it was an opportunity for the chasing pack to try to exert some pressure on the leaders this week, but neither of them could be caught. Champions Middlesex emerged victorious by one wicket in a thrilling game at Edgbaston. It was nip and tuck […]Read More
County Cricket in the Pink
For the first time, a day/night round of Specsavers County Championship cricket took place using the pink ball, and while there was some debate as to whether it helped boost attendances, there was no question that this round provided some scintillating cricket and some spectacular performances. There was all of that at Chelmsford, where league […]Read More