Literary Events 2 April 2013

Chipping Norton Litfest
18-21 April

The Brympton literary Festival
19-21 April

Verulam writer’s circle
20 April

Stratford-upon-avon literary Festival
21 April – 5 May

Hexham Book Festival
22 April – 2 May

Put your fiction characters to work

Prospect’s career planner

A fun way to build a character profile. Just answer the questionnaire the way your character would and be presented with a list of suitable occupations.
Does require you to register

Literary Events April 2013

Scarborough literature festival
11-14 April

Cambridge Wordfest
12-14 April

Aye Write! Glasgow Book festival
12-20 April

London Book Fair
15-17 April

The rules of the road


It’s a funny old word. One that makes some people smile and other people cry.
Literary marmite (vegemite).

I often get told that

“It’s okay for you but I can’t get my head around it.”

Well the bad thing about grammar is that there are a lot of rules. The good thing about grammar is that there are a lot of rules.
If you come across a rule that you don’t understand does it occur to you that you have come across a teacher who doesn’t know how to explain it to you?
Or do you give up?

Heck lady/Mister…buy a different book! Go to a different class. Look at a different tutorial online. You do realise that teachers aren’t one size fits all?
Every person works differently, thinks differently, reasons differently and breaks down their understanding of grammar differently.
Oh yes, the rules stay the same but the teaching?
Not so much.

Don’t be so quick to let that rattler go.
You can understand it.
Approach it from another direction.

Simple Fix

Someone has graciously agreed to read your work (yay!)
They will be giving you feedback and you will be spending time evaluating that and judging whether it is correct and helpful.

Give yourself a boost here and use your audience wisely. Ask one directive question.

“Is there one word that I use too often? ”

We all fall into the collecting habit. Your writing may be becoming too
“exciting” or “really” or “deeply”
all over the place.
People are bodacious pattern matchers. They really are. Even someone with no writing skill can answer this question for you and being aware of falling into the
Friendly words trap will improve your writing immensely.

Oh, and don’t forget to say thank you.