Monthly Archives: March 2015

Make ‘Em Laugh..

Or at least, don’t make ’em cry or feel depressed, is my cheery message to you today. Last week I went to see Death of a Salesman at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in Stratford. Yes, I know, I’m a … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Your Life!

In her excellent book ‘A Novel In A Year‘, author Louise Doughty asks “Think what you are prepared to sacrifice. Writing a novel takes many, many hours .. What, in your life, is going to disappear , to allow you … Continue reading

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Setting Stories In The Past

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there…’* I have a story called ‘Blood Sisters’ in this month’s Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special. It’s significant (for me, at least!) because, at 4,000 words it’s the longest story I’ve … Continue reading

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Writing Competitions, Results & Stuff

There are lots of writing competitions out there. You know this. You don’t really need me to list them (though Gayle Beveridge has a great list on her blog here) BUT sometimes I like to ‘highlight’ a couple that are … Continue reading

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Time For A Sex Change

Ha, yes, it’s a cheap trick but now that I’ve got your attention.. On Friday night I had a most enjoyable time, listening to writer S J Watson ‘in conversation’ as part of Warwick Words Xtra events. ‘SJ’, as you … Continue reading

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