Monday Motivation: Genre v. serious fiction

Monday Motivation: Genre v. serious fiction

If every there was any validity to the assumption that there is, on the one hand, genre fiction, and on the other, serious fiction, that is about finally to be exploded by the publication in a few days time of Kazuo Ishiguro’s long-awaited new novel, The Buried Giant. Renowned for his Booker-winning novel, The Remains … Continue reading

Johannesburg Indie Book Fair

Johannesburg Indie Book Fair

The Indie Book Fair will be held at the Sunnyside Hotel in Johannesburg on 20 and 21 March 2015, to celebrate books, writers and independent publishing. There’s a revolution going on in publishing. Commercial publishers in South Africa are reluctant to take risks on new authors and new subjects. Vanity publishers are making a killing. But that won’t … Continue reading

More tips, tricks and thoughts for overcoming writer’s block

More tips, tricks and thoughts for overcoming writer’s block

We were so intrigued by the interesting approaches to overcoming writer’s block from Scarlet Bennett and Françoise Helmann last week that we thought we’d explore the subject a little further. Gené Gualdi, author of Bollywood Blonde, sprang instantly to mind as a likely candidate to offer advice. Her video which gives you the recipe for cooking a book also includes more than one of … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Hubris and humility

Monday Motivation: Hubris and humility

Hunched over a keyboard, hammering away at one’s latest inspiration, one is occasionally moved to ask: what does it take to be a writer? What are the qualities that have to intersect to make it possible for us to write something in the belief that someone else in the world would want to read? Of … Continue reading