a life in books

Think only of the book you are writing

From the very wonderful Brain Pickings: In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, Tropic of Cancer, Miller devised and adhered to a stringent daily routine to propel his writing. Among it was this list of eleven commandments, found in Henry Miller on Writing — a fine addition to these 9...

The Museum of Innocence

I’ve always been a writer but I also became an artist along the way. I’m trained more as an artist than as anything else and for a long time I made more art than writing. It slowly occured to me that lots of the things I wanted to talk about in my art were very...

So, farewell then Encyclopaedia Britannia

Encyclopaedia Britannia is to cease publishing as a paper based product. This announcement has been twenty years coming for me. Almost the first commercial organisation to have its future questioned by the rise of the internet was the Britannia, a vast unwieldy publishing monolith from a previous age. It seemed obvious, even on day one...

Workroom: Writers on Writing

I’m a bit addicted to the Workspace posts on John August’s blog (I assume he’s called John August, it’s at johnaugust.com). It’s all about screenwriters, but screenwriters are writers the same as the rest of us. Plus, I rather fancy some screenwriting at some point in my writing career. This week it was Christine Boylan...