Seb Reilly

  • 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 for the tenacious Sam Kaye this m […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sir Frederick Treves was a doctor, surgeon, and author, though perhaps most recognised for his encounters with and study of Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as the Elephant Man. Although from very different paths, […]

  • What do you want to achieve as writer? Your reasons for writing in the first place are what got you started, but success is what keeps you going. Success can—and should—mean different things to different peo […]

  • Amidst the swirl we hide
    from sight
    sound
    wind whistling through cracks
    slat rafters rattle
    break backs
    unsettling
    as the kettle boils
    in this shaking place
    laid land
    strewn with waste
    still rolling in the storm.

  • A large part of writing is problem solving: writers consistently encounter issues and barriers which must be addressed or overcome. When this happens, as in every other walk of life, you will focus on the problem […]

  • Writing is, to some degree, constant experimentation. You have to try new things, otherwise you would be copying an existing story. Characters can be based on real people, but will always involve some change that […]

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