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Wot I loved today: Accepting that I can’t polish a turd

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In one of my ‘Tips for bad writing days‘ blogs last year I wrote about the importance of letting go of an idea that is, frankly, shit. Any writer knows the feeling of trying to maintain a story line that is not only improbable in real life but completely incongruous with everything else in their novel. You know it’s not working; you’ve pushed it through twenty hoops – all to no avail, you’re lying awake worrying about it – and yet you can’t let it go! You’ve spent three weeks creating this turd! And so you polish it until it … Continue reading

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Wot I loved today: Between Two Windows

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Oli Hazzard is an award-winning poet who – like all great writers (ahem) – lives in Bristol. I recently bought his anthology Between Two Windows and every few days I treat myself to a poem. Today’s was ‘A week in the life.’ And it was (is) glorious. Spine-tingling wordsmithery at its finest. Highly recommended.

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Wot I loved today: WORK GROUP

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This is what it was like working in TV: – A lot of noise, some necessary, most not – People everywhere, generating chaos and mess – More than a fair share of utter wankers – A lot of laughter – Quite a bit of bullying – Lots of desperate middle class kids working for free – Lots of coke-snorting bosses abusing them – Camaraderie that made your heart melt and got you through the bleakest of crises – Free taxis (until about 2008, when you started having to carry camera kit around London that was as heavy as you) – … Continue reading

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MY THIRD NOVEL IS HERE! (nearly)

 Lucy Robinson's INCREDIBLE third novel!

Hi gang. Happy Sunday! Thanks for taking time out from your roast chickens to visit my blog. So: here is some big fat hairy hews about my third novel! 1. IT IS OUT ON JULY 7TH 2. IT IS CALLED THE UNFINISHED SYMPHONY OF YOU AND ME 3. PENGUIN HAVE TRIUMPHED YET AGAIN WITH THE JACKET! HERE IT IS! ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL? I know I’m a bit biased but I think my book jackets may be the loveliest book jackets in the world. If you’ve bought a hard copy of either of my existing books you’ll know that they’re all … Continue reading

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Tips for Bad Writing Days #5: Get someone else to write the damn thing

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When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with your Bad Writing Days. Take what you like and leave the rest… Tip #5: GET SOMEONE ELSE TO WRITE THE DAMN THING. Here is what my head says when I hit on problems with my novels: Oh God oh God oh GOD, I’m doomed. My agent is on … Continue reading

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I may be a knob but I ain’t stupid.

 Lucy Robinson writing her second novel in Argentina. Copyright Lucy Robinson.

I have wanted to join a book club since basically forever. I used to read on average about thirteen hundred books a week as a child and teenager. Now: not so much. Time disappeared. Other things became more important. (What? Why?) A book club, I thought, would solve all of these issues. It would force me to read and – God forbid – have opinions on what I was reading. Can you imagine?! I was invited to join a book club in Bristol this week. The Man and I are hoping to move here some time soonish. It made sense. … Continue reading

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Tips for bad writing days: #4 STOP TELLING PORKIES

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When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with your Bad Writing Days. Take what you like and leave the rest… Tip #4: STOP TELLING PORKIES.  Before writing for a living, I was a TV producer. Bear with me while I use my TV experience to better explain this tip. So. When you’re editing together a TV … Continue reading

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Tips for bad writing days: #3 GET INTO (A DIFFERENT) BED

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When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with yours. Take what you like and leave the rest… Tip #3: GET INTO BED. (Your own.) In my last blog I suggested you get into bed with your characters, as they’re the ones who should be telling the story, not you. Today I’m suggesting you get into your … Continue reading

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Tips for bad writing days: #2 GET INTO BED

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When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with yours. Take what you like and leave the rest… Tip #2: GET INTO BED. (With your characters.) Here’s how I see it: the human brain was not designed to produce new creative content hour after hour, day after day. Editing’s a fucker, because I have to slash huge … Continue reading

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