Writing Post: Clarity, clarity and yet more clarity.

I have an unbreakable writing rule. It is: if I have to read one of my sentences twice, then I have failed.  Every sentence should shimmer with clarity. Your thoughts should be clear and your words should be clear. You should know where you are going and what you want to express. If you areContinue reading “Writing Post: Clarity, clarity and yet more clarity.”

Writing Post: Ideas.

I’m often asked ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ A couple of years ago, I sat down and wrote a post called Ideas Are Everywhere. I thought you might like it, so I’m reproducing it here, especially for you. I think there is a tendency in novice writers to suspect that literary ideas mustContinue reading “Writing Post: Ideas.”

Writing Post: Sentences

Sentences for Beginners. I am slightly obsessed with sentences. I write about them all the time. I see so many writers embarking on great projects when they haven’t quite got the hang of a good, clean, honest sentence. I see dangling modifiers and tangles of sub-clauses and an utter disregard for clarity. (Astonishingly, I seeContinue reading “Writing Post: Sentences”