Writing help

Please accept my apologies for not updating this blog earlier!  It’s been an extraordinary time of change and things going on.

Here’s a quick run-down of my services:

Critiques/Proof Reading/Copy Editing either for full manuscript or submission only:

Please email me on [email protected]

Copywriting for eclasses/websites/newsletters etc:

Please email me on [email protected]

Workshop Facilitator/Tutor:

Available to run workshops or give talks/presentations on all aspects of writing.  Please email me on [email protected]

Writing Group:

For my writing group (in Spain) again get in touch with me on [email protected]  Although I am currently based in England, the group still meets every fortnight (on a Tuesday) and I can redirect you to Maggie or Jan - either of whom will take care of you.

For information on my book, The Voices of Angels, stay tuned! 

Thank you.

Writing Workshop

Half-Day Writing Workshop in August

Workshop in Spain

If you want to learn some new tools and techniques which you make you a more accomplished and confident writer then perhaps you want to attend my half-day writing workshop!

This is for anyone who:

Is 100% committed to becoming a better writer

Passionately wants to be published

Wants to have all the tools and techniques they need at their fingertips.

Recognises that writing is a mindset and wants this mindset now.

I come from a place of believing writing is a craft.  This means we all have inherent amounts of raw talent and yes, some of us are naturally more gifted than others, but with the application of certain tools and techniques and with the right mindset, we can all raise our game and be recognised as a ‘proper’ writer. 

This half day workshop is  designed for:

Anyone who is writing a fictional book

Anyone who is thinking of writing a fictional book

Or anyone who has written a fictional book and wants to edit it.

OR anyone with an interest in writing fiction!

During this half-day workshop I shall be focussing on someof the following  elements of fiction:

Character development

Plot and pace.


Show, don’t tell

Point of View.

This is a 4 hour workshop and will take place on August 25th, venue tbc and is in Spain only.  The price is 45 euros but if you book by August 15th you receive an early bird discount and the price is only 35 euros.  If you are interested then please send an email to [email protected] and I’ll give you more information.

I would love to see you there!  New writers, old writers and all writers inbetween.  Thanks!

July 15, 2009

The Transformation of this Website

ho ho ho.  It’s something I’ve been talking about for so long I hardly dared believe it was going to happen myself!  But it IS happening and lots of exciting new services are coming soon.  As always, the main aim for the blog and website (soon to become one fabby site) are to provide as much information and resources to the writer as possible.  This includes information on agents/publishers/competitions/workshops/conferences/retreats…….I will continue to help writers on every step of their writing journey with a range of affordable critique packages on offer, from basic to elite.  You know, I’ve spent so long on my own writing journey that I don’t want you to do the same.  I’ve learnt the short-cuts the hard way.  So it’s my aim to assist you in your writing dreams and make them happen as quickly and as effortlessly as possible.  You don’t have to go down the winding road I’ve been wandering for 3 years!!!  Here’s the how to do it the quick way.  The new site will include lots of writing guidelines and tips on how to write your book AND include information on how to get your book published!   I’m really excited by this last part as it’s a brand new angle on the site and will involve working alongside someone very special to me and between us we’ll provide you with the complete writing package. So please be patient just a while longer and I’ll keep you updated.  

Articles on writing

Article 6 - Another Really Useful Article on Writing A Book


To Plan or Not to plan…


That is the question.  Here’s what I do.

I had been writing for about ten years on and off by the time I heard this, and when I did it really stuck with me and it does today.  I remember something that Terry Pratchett had said on TV during an interview and it was basically this, if you are stuck about what to write then begin with two characters, get them talking to each other and see where it takes you.  I was quite pleased when I heard this because that was how I had been doing it all along.

But I always end up having to do some at least.  Taking into account that your story has to have a definite beginning, middle and end, it is important to recognise where the crisis point is and so you can take the action down to the resolution point. Minette Walters (The Shape of Snakes) said in an interview that she waited until she got to the halfway point before deciding who the murderer was.  So she was just as surprised herself.

You may disagree, but all I can say to that is, that we are all different.  I usually find that as long as you are true to your characters and give them the life that they ought to have then I find that they take things off into their own direction anyway.  It’s quite exciting when this happens, then you find yourself writing just to see what happens next and that gives you even more of a thrill about writing.

Want to write? Then don’t!

Mad? Me? No. I’m merely saying that not writing can be just important as writing. Or to be more specific, it is important to remember not to overdo things.

Organise your time at the computer, staring at that glaring screen can send you loco.

Always remember, you don’t have to write at every single opportunity. If you don’t really feel like writing then you’d be a fool to even try. If your heart isn’t into the writing of the book, then heart won’t be in the reading of the book either.

“Above all, to thine own self be true…” Don’t keep writing just for the sake of ending the day with that 4k you promised yourself. When your head feels tired and the word won’t come out by themselves then walk away and comeback refreshed. Writing just for the sake of getting the wordies down will lead you putting down half-hearted text that will only leave your book entering what I call a ‘diluted’ section.

Who do you write for?

I don’t know about you but I write for me. Staying for a moment with the ‘To thine own self be true’ thingy again. It is the easiest thing in the world to go for a genre that you think is enjoying a popular phase. ‘I can do that!’ you may think. ‘Harry Potter?’ No problemo!’ However your target audience might not appreciate your lack of conviction, especially if you’ve been writing travel biographies for the past twenty years. That is why I write to please me. Somewhere in my addled mind is the strange belief that somewhere out there, there is a whole army of readers who are just as mad as I am. Then if there aren’t that many then I know that the ones who do pick up my book and enjoy it do so with the knowledge that they are going to read something that was tailored to suit them and thus won’t go away disappointed. We are all different but believe me, out there, there are people like you and they want to read your book.

The blank screen

Yes, the dreaded scourge of the writer, the big, white, mocking, glowing, rectangle. It laughs at you. It says, you really can’t think of a single thing to type can you? You’re a complete and utter failure, call yourself a writer.

Don’t rise to it mate, that’s what I say. I stare at the screen on and off for about twenty minutes before I decide that this really isn’t working. I go for a walk and then have another go. If that doesn’t work I go for another one. Writing keeps you healthy. I see my head as a little room stuffed with junk. Sometimes you need to have a good sort out and to do that it’s usually a good idea to open a couple of windows and give the place an airing.

The end!

Everybody likes a surprise ending even me. As my way is usually writing as if I am reading what I am writing, I’m as curious as the next fellow about how the story ends. I like to get to the last few chapters and have a few weeks off while I come up with with my big whammy, explosive ending. I look at all the threads and like the bloke with the detonator box twist the two wires together that make the big bang.

The way I see it, there are no rules to writing, apart from the one, and that is to simply have a blooming good time doing it. If you do that, then the reader will do the same.

Writeth and enjoyeth!

A brief biography of Philip Gilliver

Philip currently works at Yale College Wrexham where he helps students with physical and learning difficulties with their course work.

Over the years he has been a member of a number of literary groups and has attended courses in creative writing, which was where he met his wife ‘Melanie’.

Ever still an aspiring writer in search of an agent or a publisher, Philip has so far completed five books, the comedy/fantasy Dreamspiller, the comedy/science fiction tales The Yartang Shopping Empire Invasion, and The Glisteny Thing of Laboria for young adults and Jurassic Mark and Jurassic Mark and the Frankenguitar for children 7-10. He is currently working on a script for radio and a viking adventure entitled Odvald. You can find him on the following pages:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=1485324360&ref=profile http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=1932 Dreamspiller

http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=1935 The Yartang Shopping Empire Invasion!

http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=2995 Jurassic Mark

Commerical Chick-Lit Workshop

There are a few places left on this women’s commercial self-edit workshop 21-23 September at Charney Manor, Oxon, to be run by Julie Cohen.  They only take about 15 authors and if you book by 21st July you’ll qualify for an early booking discount of £60. You’ll also be able to meet Broo Doherty from Wade & Doherty who will be coming for the agent talk. See below. Please email or call for a programme.http://www.cornerstones.co.uk/workshops.htmTelephone: 020 8968 0777

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