Author Archives: blogaboutwriting

How to Be More Creative

Last night, I was driving home quite late. It was actually dark – yes, that late. But still hot, of course. I stopped at a supermarket at 9pm and when I came out, it was almost surreal, how the heat … Continue reading

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Getting Your Facts Right

Rain Report Hello, I am back from my holibobs ‘up North’, where, I am pleased to report, I spotted a smidgen of rain one afternoon, as we drove to Loch Lomond but not as much as I was expecting/hoping for … Continue reading

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Waiting for The Rain

Apparently, after all these weeks and weeks of blistering heat, rain is on its way. The lawn is yellow, the plants are shrivelling up and it’s too hot to sleep. We need it! It’s been a football-focussed, outdoor-living, Love-Island-watching few … Continue reading

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Are We Being Too Hard on Ourselves?

Recently I met up with my writing buddy Sally, to talk about our progress (or lack of it) and to set short and long-term writing goals. This might sound super-professional and organised, but don’t be deceived: it’s just us saying … Continue reading

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‘Saying I Will’ – the Story Behind The Story

I’ve got a confession to make, dear Readers: I keep things from you. You see – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this – my story ideas tend to come from things that happen to me. And as many … Continue reading

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“Is it the Grammar?” On getting the critique of my novel back

Two things have happened recently: 1) I packed my bags and went on a tennis holiday to Greece (and managed not to fall over. Hurrah!) and 2) I’ve had the critique of my novel back. Eeek! To be honest, I … Continue reading

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The Force of 15 Minutes

While I was on holiday last week (hence no blog post!), I was perusing the books on my kindle, as you do and I re-read a handy little book that I bought some time ago – The 15 Minute Writer: … Continue reading

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