Media reviews

An Incomplete List of Unfinished Series

I used to struggle with guilt about books and television I didn’t like. Once I had made it past the first chapter, or past the first three episodes, I would feel like I really had to continue. I made THREE attempts to finish JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was defeated each time by the endless descriptions of military movements. Pace Alan Bennett, it was as if a hand had come out from the page, and beaten me into a coma.

Writing life

Keep your darlings

Every writer has heard the phrase, even if we’re not sure who said it first: The idea is: If you fall in love with something you have written, it’s probably not your best work. From a ranting personal essay to a poetic string of adjectives, sometimes the words we love just… aren’t as good as we think they are. But I still don’t agree that you should kill your darlings. In fact, I think there’s a lot to be said for placing your darlings in suspended animation, or putting them in a box file unti