“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
“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
At the start of 2016, Nothing in the Rulebook reported that authors’ incomes had collapsed to “near abject” levels – with professional writers earning on average just £11,000 a year. Now, the trend seems to have accelerated, with a new report finding that a “collapse” in sales of literary fiction had seen advanced paid to … Continue reading Author’s incomes continue to fall as literary fiction sales collapse
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?
For writers, artists and creative spirits alike, the issue of confidence – or lack thereof is as important as it is complicated. The way in which creatives align their relationship with their own work, and whether they feel confident in it or doubting, can be said in many ways to define any successful creative endeavor. … Continue reading Writing vs self-doubt
As we move forward to 2017, please allow us a somewhat self-indulgent post looking back on some of our highlights from the year gone by. After all, 2016 hasn’t been the best year for many around the world – with seismic political events like Brexit and Donald Trump ‘winning’ the US election, along with the … Continue reading 2016 – a look back on the year we’ve had
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
‘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?
The importance of poetry, and the innate, natural beauty of it has been acclaimed for generations. JFK wrote that poetry was “the means of saving power from itself, for when power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness … Continue reading Poets on poetry – poems for the soul
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