The Writer’s Quest Archive

  • Last night I watched His Girl Friday again, for the nth time.  It’s one of my favourite ever films.  One of those sharp sassy black and white movies with machine-gun...

    Howard Hawks

    Last night I watched His Girl Friday again, for the nth time.  It’s one of my favourite ever films.  One of those sharp sassy black and white movies with machine-gun...

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  • I’ve been mulling about opening lines . Don’t know why. Another reason to avoid writing all the stuff that comes AFTER the opening line. Isn’t this just the greatest opening...

    Opening Lines

    I’ve been mulling about opening lines . Don’t know why. Another reason to avoid writing all the stuff that comes AFTER the opening line. Isn’t this just the greatest opening...

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  • One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

    Why to be a Writer

    One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

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  • For the practising writer, there is no uglier word in the English language than “pitch”.  (Except for the word “Rejection”.)  As writers we want to be judged by our work,...

    Pitch Factor

    For the practising writer, there is no uglier word in the English language than “pitch”.  (Except for the word “Rejection”.)  As writers we want to be judged by our work,...

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  • I’ve been mulling about the Robert Jackson Bennett post about How to Write a Story over on the Orbit website. It’s a funny, brief and utterly brilliant little essay.  And it’s...

    The Writer’s Quest, Part 1: Find Yourself

    I’ve been mulling about the Robert Jackson Bennett post about How to Write a Story over on the Orbit website. It’s a funny, brief and utterly brilliant little essay.  And it’s...

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  • Crime has been good to me over the years. One of my first and best jobs in television was as a script editor on the cult BBC series The Paradise...

    On Writing Science Fiction

    Crime has been good to me over the years. One of my first and best jobs in television was as a script editor on the cult BBC series The Paradise...

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