Category Archives: about writing

Hanging yourself on a hanging phrase

Big enough to sleep in, Mr Boddingham believes he might just have a claim on a new world record. I’m thinking of starting a collection of similar gems I find in places that should know better. This one was in … Continue reading

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Sneaky pleasures

Everyone knows that one of the cardinal sins of writing is the use of clichés, proverbs, trite sayings and similar hackneyed truisms, all guaranteed to send your beloved manuscript straight to the shredder accompanied by rude noises and unprintable expletives. … Continue reading

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The Creative Catch-22

When I was a student and balancing the joys of food against the luxury of taking the bus in wet weather, I was on intimate terms with the secret language of Positions Vacant ads. Flexible hours, for example, meant the … Continue reading

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