The Writers’ Group

It’s early January and, although I didn’t plan this as a New Year’s Resolution, I finally got around to going along to the local writers’ group. I’d had a couple of responses to my initial email requesting further information and I had been assured that it was a ‘small, friendly group’. Still, I was a little apprehensive about what I would encounter and one of my worries was confirmed when I pushed through the door to see several ladies of advancing years sat around a table and looking up at me. Continue reading The Writers’ Group

The Creative Impetus is Dead; Long Live the Creative Impetus…

For the past four and a half years I’ve helped to run a youth theatre group that specialises in musical theatre. It was my wife’s group really; she did all the major organising and ultimately she was responsible for whether it was successful or failed. In the end, that responsibility (and the ongoing worry that we wouldn’t have enough kids to make the productions work … Continue reading The Creative Impetus is Dead; Long Live the Creative Impetus…

Detective Fiction: Getting your team right

This started out as a simple response to a guest post from PekoeBlaze on Ryan Lanz’s A Writer’s Path on the subject of writing futuristic sci-fi detective stories. It then morphed into something else, and became way too long to clutter up Ryan’s page. So, let’s first get some clear distinctions of who does what in a real life homicide case because this is the … Continue reading Detective Fiction: Getting your team right