Seb Reilly

  • Writing is often a solitary pursuit, as the only person able to effectively capture and remove characters and a tale from your own mind is you. That being said, there are always opportunities to spend time with […]

  • It starts with a whisper.

    Ahead, the last leaf on the last tree to turn the colour of fire shudders, waiting for a breath of breeze. Treetop fingers splay across the sky, almost touching, still below the winter […]

  • Considerable importance is given to the closing of a novel, and rightly so. You need to wave your reader off, so they are left with a lingering memory of your story and find themselves thinking and talking about […]

  • A lot of weight is given to the opening of a novel, and for good reason. You need to pull your reader in, so they have no choice but to keep reading. You do this using the five-fingered grip of firsts.
    1. The […]

  • Sound carries more weight in the mind than thought. That’s an odd sentence out of context, but to a writer it is important and of note. The brain receives sound as external input through the ears—no matter the sou […]

  • Editing is a strange skill to learn, but the best way I have found is to edit other people’s writing. To edit properly, you need to be able to look at a piece objectively, and the best way to understand that is t […]

  • How light the tungsten filament slips
    exposing glass to skin
    braised burns high and solitary
    swept from ash
    owing peace to the void
    until the piece is forgone.

    Spinning in circles below
    the dipping chair […]

  • The history of Thanet in writing is intrinsically linked to the records of Ancient Britain. Britain was first mentioned in writing by Pytheas of Massalia, a Greek geographer and explorer, who tracked Britain’s c […]

  • When I started writing fiction, I had no idea what I was doing. Like most new and fledgling writers, I told a story I wanted to tell in my own way, all whilst trying to be clever and original. As I got started, I […]

  • Dale Shaw is a writer who has worked on TV and radio shows, as well as an author of novels and a podcast producer. In this interview we discuss writing comedy, his advice for writers trying to be funny, and how to […]

  • If you are trying to write a book, you will know that there is an undeniable truth about writing: it’s hard work. I’ve spent hours, days, weeks, months, even years slaving over a single short story or poem, let […]

  • You open tired eyes when you hear the whisper of your name but you don’t recognise the voice. She’s still asleep, in the chair, an open magazine half-falling off her lap. The kids have come and gone, their kid […]

  • When you write a story, you begin with a setting and a character. There may be more than one setting, most likely more than one character, but at a very basic level you have a place and a personality. To start the […]

  • Becoming recognised for something requires more than just doing said thing. A musician does not become noticed without first putting themselves in a position to attract listeners, whether by busking or putting […]

  • Summer has reached its zenith, yet even as the sun sits high on these dog days we writers continue to write, submit, and seek out those prospects for publication. I’m filling in this month, and I’ve been busy loo […]

  • Hot is only measured so as it has cold as a comparison. Night appears dark only because we also have day. Joy exists because sadness defines it, as sadness is itself so defined by joy. Everything is relative, […]

  • Have you ever felt like you’re out of your depth, as if you’ve somehow stumbled your way into a position where you are claiming to be something you’re not, but no one else has noticed? Have you ever thought that […]

  • That moment when the lights go out, when darkness is a blanket over your face, that’s how you make me feel. I reach out but there’s nothing in front of me, wait for my eyes to adjust, hope I’ll be able to figur […]

  • The core of fiction, the part that makes readers keep going, is who is on the page. The characters are the most important element to a story. Any plot—whether complex and intricate or simple and s […]

  • Writing historical fiction is more than just writing history. Merely regurgitating facts to form a fixed plot, then adding in some colourful ‘of the time’ dialogue, is neither writing fiction nor fact. His […]

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