Writing about writing about writing Review 3

3rd in an intermittent series of reviewing my writing books, with an aim of reducing how many I have. (4th really but the on and off the shelves post didn’t include any reviews) Exercises In Style by Raymond Quineau This is an odd little book. On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes oneContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 3”

Half way through the year that feels like a decade

Well the first half of the year was pretty eventful.</understatement> I gave myself a challenge this year to try not buy any books and reduce the TBR. That’s been going pretty well, but mainly because I’ve not been to any bookshops or events for the last 4 months! So far this year I’ve read 79Continue reading “Half way through the year that feels like a decade”

Writing about writing about writing – on and off the shelves

I have a number of books spread over the shelves that are written by authors I have fiction books from. I don’t plan to put these to the test. I’ve previously read them and placed them on the shelves. Some of these are collected non-fiction or essays which may include writing advice. Some are writingContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing – on and off the shelves”

Writing about writing about writing Review 2

This is part of an ongoing series of posts. Part one is here and part two here Sticking with books that are at a word and sentence level, I’ve read (sometimes scanned) the following books for review this time round: The Complete Plain Words The edition I have is hardback, printed in 1986 bought fromContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 2”

Real Writers

Imposter Syndrome – insidious isn’t it? I posted on Twitter that I wasn’t feeling like a ‘real writer’ so was pondering a post on imposter syndrome and got some nice advice from the lovely people of Twitter. More than one person sent me this: The lovely Frances Hardinge who I once had the pleasure ofContinue reading “Real Writers”

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms – Review

Amazon blurb – “Tim Wassiter, P.I. isn’t a cynical old-school detective with a bottle in the desk, he’s the new-age version with chickens, tea – and a little bit of magic. His ex-partner scoffs, the old lady down the road just wants him to find her missing cat, but Tim knows that magic works. He’sContinue reading “The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms – Review”

Writing about writing about writing review 1

As I explained in this blog post on Wednesday my writing books have outgrown the shelf above my desk (and my fiction and non-fiction shelves are already groaning) so I need to do a cull. I’m reviewing/re-reading them (which will take some time) and the first three (yes I read 3 books yesterday, but they’reContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing review 1”

Writing about writing about writing*

This title comes from Tom Bissell’s excellent book Magic Hours and this idea is inspired by his essay of the same title. As I explained in a previous post I seem to read a lot of writing advice books. However I am running out of shelf space and it’s about time I culled the onesContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing*”