Litro Magazine and the Modals of Lost Opportunity

Every month the funky and fiction-packed Litro (an online and printed magazine which covers writing, the arts, travel and lifestyle) publishes an interview with an author under the title A Flash Of Inspiration. This month the article is about yours truly and my very short story 'Could Have, Would Have, Should Have'. It's a bit of [...]

Ira Glass, a bridgeable gap and writing crap

There is a certain kind of joy in being part of the social media age because, among the rank garbage and fluffy kitten videos, you occasionally stumble on something worthwhile that plants a seed or reinforces an idea you have. Or maybe it simply represents a truth that gets lost down the 'back of the sofa' of your [...]

Characterisation and the car crash

Some musings on writing. Let's start with three examples: 1. I was in a road traffic accident the other day. I didn't suffer any injuries, though my car may not be repairable. Unfortunately it was my birthday. 2. I had an interesting birthday. Got into a car crash on the motorway. Not a scratch on me but my car is [...]

The stand up, the writer and the shipping container

Last year I saw a comedian at the Edinburgh fringe festival die, completely and utterly, on his arse. Naturally, the exquisite humiliation and human drama made me think of this writing lark. In mitigation, it was the first day of the festival (so he probably hadn't got into his stride) and the show was held in [...]