Writing About Writing About Writing – a pause

As per the last blog post I started a new job – and am currently on the learning curve. I remember the days when I used to read other things than technical docs and manuals.

This is another slight tangent from the intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here

WAWAW is not going away, it’s just on pause. I have a couple more categories of books on the physical shelves and I was going to brave the digital tsunami at some point too (I’ve accumulated a lot of e-books through offers and bundles.)

I’ve stalled out on books about screenwriting, for now. I’ll get back to it – but it might be a while.

I did finish The Art of Plotting by Linda Cowgill

Which I liked a lot – the chapters on the principles of action, the role of conflict and the sequence of story were quite useful. I also have her Secrets of Screenplay Structure on the shelf in this category. I started reading the thick book by Straczynski (yes the writer of Babylon 5), called simply Scriptwriting but it’ll be a while until I finish it. Those two books will close out this category.

After scriptwriting I have some books on how to teach writing and a number of writing exercise and writing prompt books, which, when I get to them, will complete the shelf appraisal (which has taken over a year.) But then there’s those e-books…

I am currently doing a ten week short story workshop which I signed up to before knowing about swapping jobs. I’m also still writing that novel for hire (with a rapidly approaching deadline), editing 2 TTRPG games and preparing for Milford. I’ll soon be pushing Fire – the last anthology I edited – and The Museum for Forgetting – my latest short story collection. So despite the silence I am busy…

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Pete W Sutton is a writer and editor. His two short story collections – A Tiding of Magpies and The Museum for Forgetting – were shortlisted for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards in 2017 & 2022 respectively. His novel – Seven Deadly Swords – was published by Grimbold Books. He has edited several short story anthologies and is the editor for the British Fantasy Society Horizons fiction magazine.

5 thoughts on “Writing About Writing About Writing – a pause

  1. I love your series “Writing About Writing” since I love reading about writing and your reviews are great. I have a book shelf full of these books and many of the ones you review. Have you read Stephen King’s “On Writing”? Even if you’re not a fan, it’s worth a look.


    1. Thank you so much – it’s great to hear when people like it. On Writing was one of the books ‘on the shelves’ (not subject to the cull) – it was probably the first writing book I read and I’ve read it a couple of times.

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