Picture show Ernest Hemingway writing by hand

5 Key Writing Tips by Ernest Hemingway

The 5 Key Writing Tips by Ernest Hemingway look straightforward enough, but then, nothing when it comes to writing is ever easy. This is Hem’s advice:   Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative. Never have only 4 rules. Tip No.1: use short sentences says avoid sub-clauses bracketed […]

Clifford Thurlow's 1973 press card

My Secret Writing Tutor

A writing tutor may be a flesh and blood man or woman who pores over your scribblings and offers shrewd advice. You may find your spark in the words of your favourite songwriter – Bob Dylan, say, or an author, William Boyd or John Grisham. If you want to learn how to write elegant sentences with […]

Bombing Baghdad

Insight, Intuition, Observation, Magic…and a good Agent

Sancho Obregón is a devoted reader. Mauricio Obregón, his father, was a devoted writer. Of these two bibliophiles, I have reason to believe that it is Sancho who has found the most pleasure from the world of books. To take a step back in time, I had just published my second biography – the memoirs […]

No one knows why we do it and when we’ve done it, nobody wants it

Writing is a tough mistress. No one knows why we do it and when we’ve done it, nobody wants it. A friend of mine recently quit copywriting to write a screenplay. Within days he was phoning to chat about migraine and insomnia; his attraction to cliff tops and razor blades. Suddenly he’s fighting with his […]