New Up-date 17/10/15 – 23/10/15


Daniel Burton is a talented young writer who has self-published his first novel Heartbound (shown here) on kindle and also in paperback format. Part 1 of Daniel’s second novel is currently in the editing stages. Daniel is also a skilled editor. To contact Daniel regarding his many literary services or to buy his book; you will find his contact details have been added to the Contacts page. I am currently reading Heartbound and hope to review it here some time in the near future.


New Up-date 10/10/15 – 16/10/15

I’m almost a week late with my writing up-date so I hope you’ve not all been holding your breath in all that time. I don’t have much to share regarding my story except that after a slow start it’s beginning to take shape. The plotting I found was easy. The main task of making a start with the writing of it proved harder than I’d anticipated but now the words are beginning to flow and I’ve shifted to automatic drive. The important thing (if any of you are thinking of taking up writing) is to always, no matter where you are (at work, in the shower, wherever) have a pen and note-pad with you. There’s going to be a time when that turn of phrase or line of dialogue you just imagined will be lost for ever because you never got it down quick enough. Some of what I consider to be the better lines in my play MORE THAN A WOMAN were written down in haste while on the move and not when seated at my desk. I generally write directly onto a laptop device but first off I write and re-write manually, editing the text until I feel it’s ready to add to the word document. Scribbling and making notes is actually very soothing and I think enhances the creative process, although too many manual notes can confuse the flow. That is more or less it for now except that I’m excited about how the story is developing. Can anyone answer me this … when does a short story become a novella? I’m not sure the term short story will apply to this one for much longer!

BETTE DAVIS (as KIT MARLOWE) “Well Millie darling; I enjoyed reading it but isn’t it a bit long”?

MIRIAM HOPKINS (as MILDRED WATSON DRAKE) “Oh do you think so? I could have gone on for twice as long”.

On this project I’m trying to keep the dialogue tight, economical and to the point within the plot structure.

New Up-date 3/10/15 – 9/10/15

THE STORY OF LEICESTER by SIOBHAN BEGLEY is a well researched, expertly written, concise and very informative book which is ripe for re-appraisal. Many books that are classified as local history can be stodgy and daunting to potential readers; this illustrated account takes the reader on an interesting and insightful journey beginning with the origins of Leicester, through the centuries and up to the present day. Siobhan’s book is accessible to readers at all levels; those that have a general interest or are curious to know more about Leicester and as a research tool for students, writers and academics. If you wish to acquire the THE STORY OF LEICESTER; the link to Siobhan’s book on her publisher’s web-site is given here and has also been added to the R L Creative Contacts page.

The Story of Leicester

PUBLISHER’S NOTE : The Story of Leicester traces the evolution of this remarkable city. When the Romans arrived they developed an existing settlement into Ratae, an administrative capital. During the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian periods the town lost status, but remained an important market town. Industrialisation and population growth radically changed Leicester during Victorian times and it became prosperous, its economy underpinned by the hosiery, boot and shoe and engineering industries, forming€“ the basis of modern Leicester. This popular history brings the story of the city up to date and provides new insights that will delight both residents and visitors.

New Up-date 26/9/15 – 2/10/15

Here is some exciting news to end the week with! I am really happy that my play; MORE THAN A WOMAN has been enthusiastically reviewed by the writer, editor and reviewer Jo Sennitt. The review is to be published on the Everybody’s Reading Festival website along with many other reviews covering a wide variety of creative subjects. Not only has Jo reviewed the play as a piece of writing but also the 19/6/15 performance by L U Theatre. Credit is due to the L U Theatre cast and crew for bringing the play brilliantly to life. Thanks to Jo Sennitt, L U Theatre and all those who came to see the play and support L U Theatre. Click on the link here to read Jo Sennitt’s review. More Than A Woman Review