John Taylor

John Taylor

63 years old
October 08, 1954
Current Status
A stunning review of Skylark's 'Home' in today's Guardian. And in yesterday's Daily Mail. Who can unite Guardian readers and Daily Mail readers? Skylark can.
  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Literary fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    The author I'm reading
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Predator X / C J Waller; Ice / Gillian Clarke; The Pimlico Kid / Barry Walsh; Rapture / Carol Ann Duffy; The Humans / Matt Haig; The Observer's book of Trees; I Lucifer / Glenn Duncan; The Old Man and the Sea / Ernest Hemingway
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To do justice to the characters who keep pestering me. And to move my reader in some way.
    Your worst habit?
    Trying to write everything
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Everywhere, but in one room every day
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I'm a storyteller, husband and dad to a postgrad student and an editor. I did care work for thirty years, and now attempt to make a living out of words, spoken and written. Many of my closest friends live with the label 'learning disability'.



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    John Taylor
    "John Taylor" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    It's amazing how a name can have no associations, bad associations or good associations, depending on the person. For me, Writers' Workshop was always a bland, utilitarian name for something more colourful and adventurous than that. Jericho Writers ...
    3 months ago
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    John Taylor
    "John Taylor" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    It is really good to see the thinking behind the venture, and I wish you well with it, Harry: we all know how good the existing WW material is. For a short term use of the materials, yes, I would pay £30/month, knowing that I would get quality ...
    3 months ago
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    John Taylor
    "John Taylor" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Also so conflicted I don't know what to say. Thanking WW/Jericho for The Cloud over many years, and the opportunity to make friends there. Confused by the prospect of a subscription-based service that will exclude many writers on cost alone. But ...
    3 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on Daedalus's picture.
    A thigh notepad - what a cracking idea!
    4 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on Daedalus's picture.
    Either the aeroplane is upside down, or Daedalus is explaining the inverted-earth theory and the slide is upside down. Actually, the pointing-at-photos of aeroplanes bit was really interesting. Your enthusiasm came over, and some of the photos were ...
    4 months ago
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    Daedalus commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Blushing now :-)
    4 months ago
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    Jill commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Handsome is as handsome does and you and your writing fulfill both it seems. Well done!
    4 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on Daedalus's picture.
    I'm already several chapters in, flying a DH9a in the desert :-)
    4 months ago
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    Raine commented on John Taylor's picture.
    That's a lovely photo and I hope you had a great time. Sounds like such a great story to have written, and one that's important to have out there in the world.
    4 months ago
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    Tony commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Sorry I couldn't join you. Sounds like you did yourself - and Duncan Menzies - proud. Well done.
    4 months ago
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    KazGinnane commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Yay Daeds! so glad it went well. Would have loved to be there too.
    4 months ago
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    Athelstone commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Wow! I saw the picture on FB and thought that was a phone! So glad it went well and I really wish I could have got there.
    4 months ago
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    Daedalus commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Thanks John! Thanks Alan and Bric, would have been lovely to see you but a long way with the weather. Whisks - Duncan’s son gave me a few items that had belonged to Duncan including his cigarette case. The books are just off screen
    4 months ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Wow! How did you get that? And - where are the books, eh?
    4 months ago
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    Bric commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Go Daeds! Wish I could’ve been there.
    4 months ago


Five foot eight and a half. There's someone on Twitter called @JohnUnworded who looks awfully like me.

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  • Barny
    by Barny 4 months ago
    Nice chatting to you both today - hope the cockpits were fun!
  • Hil
    by Hil 4 months ago
    Thanks for your further comment, John. I didn't make the shortlist, but I'm mulling over using the story as the basis of my next novel!
    Might see you in April at Everyday Magic.
  • Hil
    by Hil 9 months ago
    Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
  • Hil
    by Hil 1 year ago
    We are Now and Then story-posting twins!
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, John. :-)
  • Jill
    by Jill 2 years ago
    Happy birthday, John. Trust all goes well... :)x
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 2 years ago
    These annual events seem to come round every year. Happy Birthday, JT. (The Cloud get's it right for once )
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 years ago
    Fizzypops and gumdrops - it's your birthday! Rave it up, John.
  • KazGinnane
    by KazGinnane 2 years ago
    Happy birthday John! Hope you have a lovely day...
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 2 years ago
    Yes, that looks good. I wonder if it can be expanded to include (for our characters): 'I regret...', 'I wish...', 'I fear..', etc. Thanks