Phill's Blog

Notes, news & ramblings about writing


Phill's Blog
Is Anybody There?

Most creative activities involve other people. Music, drama, painting, sculpture, dance generally either demand collaborators or benefit from them. Writing is different. Linda Grant wrote in The Guardian that writing is ‘an act of severe, intense solitude’. She was referring to the physical process of writing. She is absolutely right but it goes further than that. […]


November 8, 2016, Phill
What’s it all about?

The first thing that most agents, publishers and booksellers ask when they hear you’ve written, are writing or planning to write a novel is, ‘What’s the genre?’ It’s a fair question. Genre defines readership. Publishers want to know what the market is, who is likely to buy a book; booksellers want to know whether to […]


August 8, 2016, Phill