Monthly Archives: September 2011

Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special

The good news for writers of womag (women’s magazine) fiction, is that Woman’s Weekly are increasing the number of their Fiction Specials, from 10 to 12 per year! Maths was never my strong point but I make that one a … Continue reading

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Reader’s Digest – new 100 word story competition

Just a quickie, as I’m off to play tennis while the sun’s shining out there! One of the students in my new Monday class alerted me to the fact that Reader’s Digest are running their 100 word short story competition … Continue reading

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Teenage Angst

Yes, yes, I know I’m a long way from my teenage years but things have conspired, over the last few days, to make me think about them. Firstly, I had two friends to stay for the weekend. We’ve known each … Continue reading

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Plug! Warwick Words – Festival of Literature and Spoken Word

Don’t forget Warwick Words! 1st – 9th October 2011. Ten days of fantastic poetry, readings, workshops.. and more! Bliss for bibliophiles and writers. I am performing as part of ‘An Evening With Warwick Poet Laureates’, Monday 3rd October, 7.30pm – … Continue reading

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On Trying Not To Be Scared…

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who famously said ‘do one thing every day that scares you’. Good advice for writers, especially, because lots about being (or trying to be) a writer, is pretty scary: writing something new, reading your work out … Continue reading

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There Is Good News! (and a little bit of bad…)

Firstly, I now have 51 subscribers – so thank you to all of you who took heed (or pity!) and read my last post. I am delighted to have reached my ‘target’ a good month ahead of schedule! Some of … Continue reading

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Please… pretty please…!

This is embarrassing. Something has happened to my WordPress ‘layout’ (for want of a more technical word) and the number of subscribers to this blog is now laid bare, completely naked, for all the world to see [scroll down – … Continue reading

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Get Writing!

Ahem, this is an order to myself as much as you, dear Reader. I’ve been away for a couple of days and I’ve come back all ‘unsettled’. I can’t seem to work up the enthusiasm to write anything. In fact, … Continue reading

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The Importance Of Being Famous (if you want to publish a novel)

“La la laaaa..” (that’s the noise I make when I’m trying to stay calm and ‘cheery’). Yet another celebrity has published a novel – this time it’s Ulrike Jonsson – with the uninspiringly named ‘The Importance of Being Myrtle’. Now … Continue reading

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Best Short Story Competition – Updated 16th Sept 2011

I took the day off today (well, a girl can only spend so much time glued to the computer!) and visited a friend who lives near Stratford-upon-Avon. We did at least talk about writing – amongst all the other gossip … Continue reading

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