The insatiable desire to peer through windows … Over the past five years, I’ve come to pride myself on my instinct about fiction writers. I can’t tell who’s going to be a best seller or a dud, but what I can tell, with a reasonable degree of certainty, is which writers will be around in […]

Posted by on Oct 16, 2007 in inspiration, writing, writing as therapy | 4 Comments

The Taxi Driver Scenario People sometimes ask me how different life is, now I’ve become a writer – it’s a question I’ve never really known how to answer, perhaps because what (to most people) were the highlights of my former career: international travel, meeting politicans and business leaders, wearing Armani – didn’t thrill me that […]

Posted by on Apr 24, 2007 in inspiration, journal, writer's block | 3 Comments

Not the Primrose Path As Shakespeare has it,“I shall the effect of this good lesson keep,As watchman to my heart.But, good my brother,Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,And recks not his own rede.” Not, […]

Posted by on Feb 22, 2007 in inspiration | 6 Comments

Inspiration A series of conversations recently has had me thinking about the subject of inspiration, and the fact that many writers have a fear, verging on the pathological, that inspiration will ‘vanish’. I put this down to GCSE English (or O Level, if you’re old enough). Nearly every student of English literature gets told the […]