Rules? Where we’re going we don’t need rules. Charles Bukowski on writing and creative passion

“Write what you want. Write how you want. Write where you want, why you want, when you want, who you want. It’ll either work or it won’t. There’s no right way”, acclaimed Scottish author, Iain Maloney observed while lamenting the tendency to believe in perceived “rules” for writing. Few writers are – or, indeed, have … Continue reading Rules? Where we’re going we don’t need rules. Charles Bukowski on writing and creative passion

One letter from Charles Bukowski will make you want to quit your job and become a writer

“The kind of life that makes one feel empty and shallow and superficial, that makes one dread to read and dread to think, can’t be good for one, can it?” asked literary legend Willa Cather when pondering the trade aspiring creatives must so often make between pursuing their creative passions and working to pay the … Continue reading One letter from Charles Bukowski will make you want to quit your job and become a writer

The writer’s paradox: can you retain your creative freedom if someone pays you to write?

We live in an age where author’s incomes are collapsing to abject levels; when we are forced to work ever harder for lower pay, often holding down multiple jobs to supplement our creative endeavours. This is, of course, not necessarily unique to the writers of the neoliberal era – where profit and money are prioritised … Continue reading The writer’s paradox: can you retain your creative freedom if someone pays you to write?

10 resources for your literary New Year’s Eve celebrations

  Parties! The opportunity to kiss strangers! Unrelenting fun and endless bonhomie! It is the last day of the year – a time to remember the year just past, make resolutions, plan for the year ahead and, perhaps, have fun over an alcoholic beverage or two. Fireworks may or may not be involved. Yet so … Continue reading 10 resources for your literary New Year’s Eve celebrations

Writing against impossible odds – what does your writing day look like?

‘There is nothing so dangerous to good writing as having too much time, too much liberty. You need the filtration system of being kept from your work,’ so says renown author Maggie O’Farrel. Writing in The Guardian, she says that “the idea that there is a typical ‘writing day’ makes me laugh”. Here at Nothing … Continue reading Writing against impossible odds – what does your writing day look like?

Creatives in profile: Interview with Russ Litten

In the latest of our ‘Creatives In Profile’ interview series,  we’re thrilled to introduce acclaimed writer, Russ Litten. Litten is the author of “Scream If You Want To Go Faster”, “Swear Down” and “Kingdom”. His short stories have appeared in various international magazines and he has written for the screen and radio. INTERVIEWER Tell me about … Continue reading Creatives in profile: Interview with Russ Litten

How Ralph Waldo Emerson saved Walt Whitman

For all people who aspire to create art – be it in poetry, fiction, illustration, textile design, photography, film-making – one of the biggest impediments to success is self belief (or lack thereof). With the various creative industries stretched and diminished by cuts to public sector arts funding, generally diminished budgets as print media declines, … Continue reading How Ralph Waldo Emerson saved Walt Whitman