Exploring a new direction

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves – Lillian Hellman


When I started out on this blog I had a pretty clear idea of what it was all going to be about and what I was aiming to do with it. I have a lot of experience of writing stuff, editing stuff and publishing stuff. It seemed like a great idea to share that with other people. I wanted to help them avoid some of the mistakes that I’ve made.

You can probably hear the big BUT hanging at the end of those opening remarks!

Having spent a reasonable amount of time on social media now, I’ve realised that the world and his wife (her husband?) are out there dispensing advice on writing. Frankly, I’m torn between amusement and despair some days when the same quote comes through my feed for the fourth or fifth time. As an aside, I’m always left wondering if this is people plagiarising one another’s feed or whether some quotes just somehow cosmically appeal to everybody at once? Irrespective, I’ve realised that my original intentions were benign but misguided.

If I want to achieve my original aim then I’m going to need to put much more of myself and my time into this blog and to properly interacting with the writers that I’ve got to know and those I’ve yet to meet. I still think people will find value from my early posts about writing but they are not going to be enough to differentiate me from the crowd.

I’m feeling my way on this, so expect to see things vary and expand over time, but I’m starting out by asking if any of you want an honest review or need a beta reader? The reviews will be posted here and also on Amazon (.co.uk) and Goodreads, where possible. Just drop me a line in the comment box or get in touch on twitter via the icon at the top of the page.

Look forward to hearing from you.

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