Category Archives: Novels

A Storm In A Tea Cup?

If anyone still thinks writing for women’s magazines, such as Woman’s Weekly, is only for amateurs, may I turn your attention to page 27 of the current Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special (March issue)? It contains a short story (‘Hot Pork … Continue reading

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New Writing Festival .. and the tele’!

You know how some things just go together? Bread and butter, salt and pepper, white wine and soda, Starsky & Hutch (whoops, showing my age) and of course, that old classic: writing and asparagus! Yes, I have discovered ‘AsparaWriting Festival’ … Continue reading

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Good Housekeeping Novel Competition

If you buy the January 2014 edition of Good Housekeeping (UK only – it’s the one with the new, slimline Clare Balding on the cover), you’ll see there’s an entry form on page 71 for their latest novel-writing competition. Hurrah! … Continue reading

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First Aid for Novels + ‘First Aid Novels’

Hmm, where are the weeks disappearing to? One minute it’s Monday, the next it’s Friday and, somehow, I haven’t done half the writing I wanted to do. I am quietly panicking. ‘Rapid Response’ Medical Romance Stories There’s not much time … Continue reading

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Bumper Post: Lots of Free Stuff!

As promised, I have lots of exciting, writer-ly goodies to tell you about: (1) A FREE competition for erotica novelists (2) A FREE poetry competition (3) A FREE short story competition (4) A FREE competition for anyone with a ‘novel … Continue reading

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How To Write A ‘Mills And Boon’

Last night my chap pointed out an interesting ‘writerly’ programme, that he’d spotted on BBC 4 (is that well-trained, or what?). It actually turned out to be a few years old but it doesn’t suffer for that. To celebrate ‘Mills … Continue reading

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Some Things Can’t Be Rushed

There are some things that can’t be rushed. Poetry, for example and short stories. They won’t just ‘come’ will they, when you try to do them in a hurry? At least, mine won’t. I’m slow. Mine take ages to develop, … Continue reading

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Mail on Sunday Novel Competition

You may recall that the Mail on Sunday ran its ‘opening lines of a novel’ competition again last October. The word that had to be included, somewhere in the piece, was ‘row’. The results are out and the winner was … Continue reading

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One Star, Mr Ellory….

Now, you know how I like a bit of controversy, so I was rather tickled to read today about crime writer RJ Ellory, who’s been dabbling in a little ‘crime’ of his own. He’s been caught faking glowing reviews for … Continue reading

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Something’s Cooking….

Ah, it’s a shame. The you-know-what games are over (except for the Paralympic games of course, let’s not forget them). I promise not to mention the ‘O’ word again. But I feel a bit flat! What am I going to … Continue reading

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