Top threes into 2019

The last post was a little odd to be honest. So, moving on, a potentially more interesting list of top threes in the four areas of media I’m about to consume going forward. Plus some phone apps/laptop software, for the record.


  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (already started – and already a five star recommendation.)
  • Save The Cat by Blake Snyder (the book that Erik Bork keeps referring to, so…)
  • The Typewriter Revolution by Richard Polt (the beginning of a new hobby?)


  • A Christmas Railway Mystery by Edward Marston
  • Crying With Laughter by Bob Monkhouse
  • A Pocket Full of Holes and Dreams by Jeff Pearce

(Plus the complete works of Shakespeare Dick Francis – my perennial indulgence.)


  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Blowing The Bloody Doors Off by Michael Caine
  • The History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier

(A special shout out to Uncle Dysfunctional by AA Gill, read to perfection by Alexander Armstrong – okay, that’s 2018 but so good it’ll be a repeat staple through 2019.)


  • 99% Invisible
  • The Boring Talks
  • How I Built This with Gary Raz

(Also with a special shout out – anything and everything from – an amazing, free source of some very special audio.)

Phone Apps

  • Fade In (the phone version of the incomparable screenwriting software program.)
  • Play Magnus (just about the best Chess app I’ve found.)
  • One Football (a weakness perfectly exploited.)

(Pocket Casts would have made the top three. It’s my podcaster of choice but to be honest the native iPhone app is good enough. I could have saved a fiver but not complaining.)

Laptop software

  • Fade In (the incomparable etc.)
  • Scrivener/Contour (both for different purposes with the same goal in mind.)
  • BT Sport/Now TV (both similar with goals in mind.)

Top three favourite pairs of shoes

I really want to tell you, but…

Starting a new writing project and hit an emotion I think is worth highlighting. It is…

The need for approval.

I’m going to be brutally honest here – I’m dying to tell you the outline of my new venture. I can’t wait to get your reactions on the characters and storyline.

Before I’ve even written a word, I’m desperate to know what you think of it all. In fact, I’m  burning with the desire to seek your approval.


If you’re reading this and starting a new writing project you may have hit this very same emotional need. To tell other people what you’re doing before you have any tangible evidence of actually having written anything.

It’s called asking permission to be a writer – and as a writer, you don’t need it. Trust me.

The fact is…

Other people are ill-equipped to deal with your dawning thoughts, cerebral sketches and scatter-brain emotions as a writer on a new project.

If you do ask them for their view at this stage they’ll only feed back ideas that are equally as flighty and that’s the last thing you need.

Listen only to yourself.

The only approval you need to write is that from the voice in your own heart.

I suspect people who I’ve befriended through my writing confessionals probably think I’ve given up writing because I’ve stopped asking for premature opinion.

But let me tell you, this a good place to be – and the people I’ve confessed to previously will think this is a good place for me to be as well.

And the joy?

The joy of it all is in the “here’s my first draft”. You’ve done it, achieved the impossible, refined your vision into one coherent and completed writing project.

You’ve neither promised anyone anything nor bowed to any ill-informed opinion.

Whether it’s taken you six minutes, six months or six years to get to where you’ve got – and whether you’ve changed course, switched story or swapped characters during that time – it doesn’t matter, the baby is now yours to show the world.

So, about the new project I’m writing…

In an ideal world you wouldn’t even know I’m working on one. In fact, let’s just assume I’m not. So why the article?

This is purely for illustrative purposes, to show you the most rudimentary and important lesson I have learned during my fledgling writing career:

The world is only interested in what you’ve written- not what you’re thinking of writing.

New Year resolutions

Les The Punter has garnered attention from some highly regarded film folk and hopefully in 2015 I will find a way to get it made.

My first New Year resolution.

Plus, my dear friend Cherry suggested Les could make a theatre production and I promise I’ll follow that through. Not mad keen on theatre myself but will attend the local theatre group and who knows, something great or good may come of it all.

My second New Year resolution.

I have two feature length scripts I want to write. One has a horse racing connection I’ll get to work on for real when/if I can get Les The Punter made. The other feature length script I originally wrote the story for in 1996 and have built on it year on year. During 2015 I will try to write this script to draft one.

My third and final New Year resolution.

These promises to self rely solely on my own determination. I hope you realise your resolutions in a similar fashion.

Happy New Year to you all 🙂


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