A portrait of the youthful Virginia Woolf

Does One Need a Room of One’s Own In Order to Write?

A surprising number of writers today still stand by Virginia Woolf’s assertion that women (and men, for that matter) need plenty of time, head space and freedom from the daily grind in order to write well. I disagree. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not knocking those things. If you can arrange to have them in […]

Got Writer’s Block? Try This Fix

Do you find writing difficult? I do. This may come as a bit of a surprise when you consider that for most of my life I’ve written a lot, and practically every day. I even write on my days off. Evidently a taste for difficulty lies somewhere in my psyche. For me, writing’s difficulty comes […]

Why Excellence In Writing Isn’t All About the Finished Product

I love good writing. If you’re here, you probably feel the same. So it’s understandable if you’re sceptical about my title, and are wondering what there could be to writing other than a polished result. Well—at the risk of coming over all metaphysical—there’s a lot more. For one thing, there’s process. Back when I worked […]