Update: go here for my more recent 10-part series on storytelling for beginners. Storytelling. It’s not just for fun. It underpins everything. And I have a lot to say on this topic. So I put it all into an ebook. Click here to download “Storytelling or How To Make People Care About Anything“ (PDF, 6.5mb) Problems opening when saved to … Read More
This is a post about the lies I tell myself when I’m writing.
Yesterday I gave up on reading a book and stormed onto Amazon to give it a 2-star review.
On January 27th, 2012, I wrote a Fevered Mutterings post about things to do when you’re bored – and it went viral. To date, it’s been retweeted 334 times, shared 1,900 times on Facebook and read by upwards of a quarter of a million people. It’s comparable to the impact of a post on the Internet’s biggest news blogs – say, … Read More
Last year I wrote a couple of posts about what I’d learned so far about being a freelance writer. As expected, the one where I listed my faults got more traffic than the one where I paraded my triumphs (perhaps my “I’m a klutz” personal branding thing is proving a little too successful). But it was a fun exercise, and it … Read More
This morning I put my phone in the freezer. I’d just arisen, I was pre-caffeinated, I’d just struggled out of a dream where I was being chased along Scarborough seafront by Darth Vader improbably clad in luminous Y-fronts (believe me, this was petrifying at the time), and thanks to some savage, awful weather, the house was gloomy and full of shadows. … Read More
Read the title? Good. Let’s start a story.
So, HBO’s Game of Thrones… Politics, sex, treachery, violence, more sex, more politics, urinating off the edge of the world, intrigue, betrayal, Sean Bean dead yet again, yet more sex, and then a lovely sexual torture scene to round things off. (Look, are you sure there was this much sex in A Game Of Thrones, because…? Well, yeah).