Author Archives: tthurai

Plague, Periwigs and Peccadilloes: the Diary of Samuel Pepys

Although diaries can be traced back to antiquity, the 17th century witnessed the real flowering of the diarist’s art. Following the Civil War and the Restoration of King Charles II, a new philosophical movement emerged: the Age of Enlightenment also … Continue reading

Posted in 17th century, Diarists, History, John Evelyn, Lady Castlemaine, Plague, Raid on the Medway, Samuel Pepys, The Great Fire of London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diaries: a Treasure Trove

I recently gave a workshop during Canterbury Festival on diaries and how they can help writers as sources of both inspiration and research. If you are thinking of writing fiction in the first person, a diary could provide a convenient … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

10 Tips for Survival in the Swimming Pool

Anyone who has considered taking up swimming for purposes of relaxation should forget it. In my opinion, swimming in a communal pool carries a level of stress equivalent to that of a fighter-pilot in battle mode. Forget those banal signs … Continue reading

Posted in 10 Tips, Comment, Do's and Don'ts, Humour, Opinion, Swimming | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 Top Tips: How to Stay Calm When Editing

Editing is a well-kept secret – or maybe the skeleton in the cupboard – depending on your view of it. Yet it plays a critical role in whether your book, article or thesis is outstanding or simply average. Having been … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Editing, Editing tips, Fiction, History, self-publishing, The Devil Dancers, women self-publishers, women writers, World War 2, writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For want of an egg … the birth of an un-domestic goddess

Arguments break out over the strangest things. I once heard a famous actress describing how a domestic row had been sparked off by a milk bottle. A milk bottle? Well, I can do better. My trigger was an egg. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in 12 days of Christmas, bread pudding, Christmas, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, cookery, cooking, Food, Humour, mince pies, Nigella, Relationships, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writer’s Stop! 10 tips for getting back in the saddle

We hear a lot about Writer’s Block but never about Writer’s Stop. In my view, you’re far more likely to experience a Stop than a Block to your literary endeavours. Just about anything can constitute a Stop. Illness, bereavement, looking … Continue reading

Posted in Editing, Editing tips, Motivation, women self-publishers, women writers, writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop Press! 10 Top Tips for Writing Press Releases

Got news? If you want to announce something to the world – for example, a new product or an event – then you need to get your story out there. But how? Even in the age of social media, it … Continue reading

Posted in Barley Bread and Cheese, The Devil Dancers, women writers, writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment