Nicholas John’s writing takes two forms. Please click on the following links to find out more:  short stories (including several complete stories, and links to audio files) and words on music. His first collection of short stories, Tales Tall and True, is available now.

Nicholas John immersed in words

Tales Tall and TrueTales Tall and True cover

I can sit around for hours on end, just fiddling with bits of paper and jotting random ideas down.  I am developing a real non-style here. No worries. But no words either. Sometimes, I think the whole process is beyond me and it’s going to drive me round the twist. But, you know, it’s strange…….something does just kinda happen (usually very late at night or in the early hours: my favourite time!), something just starts to slowly reveal itself from the confused mass of my thoughts. I don’t seem to have much control over this, and sometimes the more I try to pat things into shape, the more the ideas act on their own.

Is this the creative process? Frustrating, bloody-minded, difficult and often long-winded, it can take you places where you don’t want to go, up one side of the street and back down again, into a cul-de-sac. No matter, follow it, because it might just be all we have.

The Writer

The Writer is a short story for everyone who’s ever taken themselves away to write that masterpiece.