Writing

The Self-publishing Revolution

Image: the self-publishing revolutionThe last two decades have seen huge changes in the publishing industries – the consolidation of publishers and agents, the advent of cost-effective digital printing for small runs, and the rise of the Internet as a discovery and distribution platform. It’s an industry my father would barely recognise from his time in publishing during the 1970’s.

Get Writing tips – the daily discipline

Image: get writing- the daily disciplineThe BBC used to have an educational site called Get Writing, no longer live but some of the content migrated into BBC Writers’ Room.

Get Writing was a fantastic resource for aspiring writers and would regularly post tips, exercises and how-to’s from renowned authors. One of these concerned the discipline of writing regularly.

Editing Tips for Creative Writing

Image: Editing Tips for Creative WritingEveryone teaches ‘Creative Writing’ these days, but where are the editing tips for creative writing? We’re all led to believe that creative writing flows effortlessly from our finger tips in an unbroken stream of consciousness. It doesn’t. Good writing is hard work; good, finished writing is down to good, solid editing.

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the webThere’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by  from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.”

However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still struggling, not only with the style guide but how to render these shady characters for the web when there are all sorts of technical issues.