Melissa Todd

  • Waterboarding’s a funfair compared to hearing your writing criticised. You slave to create and perfect your tiny word babies, set them free to skip about the globe; then some oik rips into them, and you wish […]

  • For a truly tremendous literary endeavour, there’s an extraordinary amount of science in this book. Maths, too. It starts with an equation, which seems brave: surely we’ve all heard Stephen Hawking’s warning that […]

  • I do enjoy the variety of womanhood. No, honestly, I do. Must be peculiar being a man, stuck with being the same person, with the same predictable feelings and ambitions, every damn day. Having ovaries is like […]

  • “What I have thanks to money…is what I, the possessor of money, am myself….I am ugly, but I can buy myself the most beautiful women. Consequently I am not ugly. (Money) changes fidelity into infidelity, love into […]

  • I’ve entered a load more competitions recently, including just about everything I see that’s free. It’s amazing how many of these exist. Thanet Writers does an excellent monthly round up of these oppor […]

  • “Do you get paid for writing reviews?” my friend Jenny asked. “Or do you do it – for love?” The question stumped me, because while I very seldom get paid, I certainly don’t do it for love. I hate writing reviews.  […]

  • You make a good point I think, and I’m truly sorry if the piece sounded mocking. In my defence, I do go on to compare elaborate descriptions to Dickens; I would have offered sensitive detailed feedback had it been […]

  • There’s no reason why you should compose creatively in standard English. Language is culture. If you only write in the tongue of the establishment you are cutting yourself off from dozens of different cultures, a […]

  • “I’m going to turn myself inside out to write this”, Maria Straw-Cinar writes, in the opening pages of her inventive, intimate novel, Girl, and “You need to listen cuz one thing I hate is people that don’t. […]

  • Often when you start to write there’s a tendency to string word after word together, like a child making a daisy chain, assuming that more is inevitably better. As in: The sun-dappled soft blue waves lapped l […]

  • When we start to write we first need decide whom our likely audience might be. No point my pitching articles to the Guardian when they’re better suited to Take a Break. Before even considering your first draft, s […]

  • “A sharps bin?” said Leonie

    “A sharps bin,” said Fenella.

    The arts director of Margate’s creative collective Zealous gave a small plaintive groan, and, needing a moment, turned to gaze out over the windswept […]

  • There are seven different stories in the world, they say. Well, so what? There are sixty-four positions in the Kama Sutra, but they all amount to the same essential mash-up; a toe pointed there, a wrist flexed […]

  • I write BDSM erotica under another name, and even make a bit of money at it. If you aim to earn from your writing that’s probably the simplest way to begin. I even had a couple of my mucky stories featured on a p […]

  • “I read your story,” my friend Richard told me last week, before pausing to add, gently, “Is everything OK?” I’d sent him a fine, moody piece, the last line of which suggested I didn’t much care if I lived or di […]

  • What’s the difference between pretending to be a writer and actually being a writer? It’s not a joke—I really want to know. What does success actually look like for us writery sorts? I want to be a succe […]

  • Melissa Todd commented on the post, Morning Handsome 5 months ago

    Thank you so much! So glad you liked it.

  • Nowadays, and he wasn’t sure how or when this had started, he always reached for his phone first thing, simply to see if she’d messaged. And every few minutes or so after that. And when he wasn’t reading her messa […]

  • When my son was at junior school, he was told he had to spend fifteen minutes every evening reading. Had to, you understand. For fifteen minutes. Right after he’d finished his sprouts and before he went to brush h […]

  • Who owns the famous characters of literature? Could you write a novel in which Dracula begins a tempestuous affair with Jane Eyre, their luxurious liaisons financed by Shylock, their every whim anticipated and met […]

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