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 Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here: http://info-far-horizons.wix.com/far-horizons-emag

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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