Happy Birthday Chris Van Allsburg!

Happy Birthday to Chris Van Allsburg who was born on this day in 1949. Chris is an American author and illustrator of children’s books including Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which won him the Caldecott Medal, and Zathura. “His books often depict fantastic, uncontrolled events and utilize sometimes brutal irony. Van Allsburg breaks out of theContinue reading “Happy Birthday Chris Van Allsburg!”

How to murder your darlings – in just 5 steps

Let me start by making it clear that today’s post relates to the EDITING stage of your work only. The editing stage is notoriously difficult to define, and there’s a lot of good information out there on what constitutes a thorough edit, but I would like to suggest a few ideas based on one ofContinue reading “How to murder your darlings – in just 5 steps”

Writing prompts to set you fizzling and end that writer’s block

While the debate over whether writer’s block actually exists or not continues, the subject of where ideas come from remains of interest to many writers (as a glance through the inspirational writers’ section of any book-store will show). I always think that, when you’re writing stories you are essentially accessing the body of experience that is outContinue reading “Writing prompts to set you fizzling and end that writer’s block”