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Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Nightwalker (by Serena)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. Sometimes I like to discuss one miniscule element of redrafting fiction, sometimes I interview an author or editor about the editing process, but by far our most popular feature is ‘In The Barber’s Chair’, in which I take […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Beautiful People (by Dylan)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. If you haven’t been here before, I’m Tim Clare – feel free to show me some love by listening to my album, Jesus Buys Me Cigarettes, on iTunes, or buying my first poetry collection, Pub Stuntman. Death Of […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Untitled (by James)

Salut et welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut a time. If you like this blog, please share it. Tweet about it, click the ‘Like’ button below, etc. It makes a big difference. If you want to submit your work, please read the submission guidelines. This is a […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Though Shadows Fall (by Leo)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. This is a blog about self-editing for writers, readers and the nosy. Each week we take an aspiring author’s first page and put it to the knife, to see if we can’t learn something about how sentences and […]

Can Creative Writing Be Taught? Not If Your Teacher’s A Prick

Tuesday’s Guardian quotes Hanif Kureishi as saying that creative writing courses are ‘a waste of time’, that ‘99.9 per cent’ of his students are ‘not talented’ and ‘just can’t tell a story’, and that he doesn’t think the fundamentals of creative writing can be taught. I try not to respond to manifestly stupid statements from […]