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The Art of a Reading

It sounds as though it should be simple, but getting a reading right isn't quite so straightforward.

I did an event in Falmouth recently, when the organisers asked - just before it began, and with impressive trepidation - are you going to do a reading?

Of course I am, I replied - it's a required part of a performance for an author, is it not?

But the poor organisers had suffered a bad experience with a fellow writer, who had apparently mumbled their way through a reading which went on for...

... almost half an hour.

You can imagine the... Read more

An old question

I've just reached the half way point of the new novel, which lead to an old question bubbling up in the Hall mind (with an adaptation for writers) -

Is the book half completed, or is there half still to do?

I try to be optimistic about life - despite the journalistic day job of darkness and despair - so I'm thinking of it as an achievement.

Well done for getting there, I tell myself - without dwelling too much on the long journey ahead.

But! That aside, the good news is that I'm loving it.

Looking back on the... Read more

Extreme Writing

I had an encounter this week, which I occasionally... and here I have to pause to choose the right word...

I won't say enjoy because it has a big negative, and I won't say suffer as it has its upside too. So how about the more neutral... experience.

(Blimey, a digression right at the start of one of my musings - that might be a record, even for me.)

Anyway, the reason for writing about my experience it is to raise the question of whether other writers have known similar such.

The thing in question is this - it's been... Read more