Jack Scott was chuffed to be featured on a new campaign to promote Norwich's cultural, literary and recreational offer - Norwich: City of Stories.
We all want a little recognition for our art and a few shillings for our trouble - but don’t let the dream carry you off with the fairies. Let’s face it, very few authors make a decent living from writing and even fewer reach the premier league (if only I had that idea about a boy wizard called Harry). More...
There’s a firm knock at your door and a postman in a tight uniform (well, we can hope!) hands you a box. You rip open the carton like an over-wrought five-year-old on Christmas morning, pull out a copy of your book, lift it to your nose and smell the pages. It’s intoxicating, better than recreational drugs. You’ve done it. For the very first time, you feel like a proper author. Savour the moment. It may not last. More...
After months of burning the midnight oil, neglecting the sprogs and denying your long-suffering partner their conjugal rights, your memoir masterpiece is finally done and dusted. Whether you’re pleased with the result of your hard graft or just relieved, pop a cork. It’s quite an achievement. So what’s next? Well, obviously you want to launch your labour of love onto an unprepared world—but how? More...
Is it easier to turn expat stories or travel adventures into a memoir or a novel, and how does one decide?
My advice to the budding expat writer: find your own angle; don’t waste your time reinventing the wheel. In my case, I wrote about the (sometimes grubby) reality of expat life from the unique perspective of a gay man in a Muslim land. It’s something no one had done before, and why would they? There weren’t many of us there. More...
Read Jack Scott's new monthly column about writing in Displaced Nation.
Early retirement was never meant to be like this.
A bitter-sweet tragi-comedy that recalls the first year of a British gay couple living in a Muslim land
Best of Perking the Pansies, the Blog from the Turkey years.