• 7 ways for writers to unwind

    When writing isn’t going so well, it can feel quite stressful. Or maybe you’ve just spent hours working and now you need a break. You need to chill out. You don’t necessarily want your writing problems to follow you for the rest of the day or evening. True, sometimes you want to chew over things, […]

  • Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith

    In Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, the Whitbread-shortlisted biography by Andrew Wilson, Patricia Highsmith is shown to be a woman who never found true happiness. Condemned by her own psychology to seek out inappropriate and often unavailable women, she never had a relationship that lasted longer than a few years. An almost life-long alcoholic, […]

  • How to establish a writing routine

    While some writers can finish a book in a fast sprint, for most of us it’s more of a marathon. A writing project can take months or even years to complete, requiring commitment, freedom from distraction, and, hopefully, a writing routine. It also helps if you can build up confidence and self-belief, not to mention […]