Monthly Archives: February 2014

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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Beethoven & Some Great First Lines

After a week away from the Blogosphere, there is so much to say. Firstly, a mini-success to report: I was shortlisted (top 10) in the Sophie King short story prize and my story (‘The Taste of Love’) will be appearing … Continue reading

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Titles Matter

One thing I’m always telling my students – especially my Writers Bureau poetry students, is that ‘titles matter’. I think it’s particularly important if you want to catch the judge’s eye in a competition and/or if you’re writing poetry. There’s … Continue reading

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Free-to-Enter Writing Competition (c/d: 1st March 2014)

How To Meet A Man More about the writing competition in a minute but firstly, as Valentine’s Day approaches, I thought I would give this post a ‘romantic’ touch. Here is my tip for any single ladies out there who’d … Continue reading

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Taking A Bow.. ‘Take A Break’ News…!

When I was whizzing around Center Parcs yesterday on a ‘Segway’ machine (fun!), little did I know that a decision had been made about a story I’d sent to ‘Take A Break’ back in October 2013. When I got home … Continue reading

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