Category Archives: Ideas

‘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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How to Kickstart Your Writing (After a Break)

We’ve had the best day of the year so far today. You too? Sunshine! Temperatures over 20 degrees! I wore (long) shorts for the first time and swapped my woolly hat for a jaunty cap. Finally, finally, it feels like … Continue reading

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May The Force Be With You

This was supposed to be written and posted yesterday but I’m afraid I didn’t manage it because I had to watch the BBC programme about stress last night, instead (go figure, as they say). Who was it – Douglas Adams, … Continue reading

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Getting Inspiration from Sport

It’s been rather a sporty weekend (I don’t mean me! Unless 5 minutes of table tennis counts). First there was the Grand National – which you couldn’t have missed – and the US Masters was also on (that one might … Continue reading

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“Hey! That Was My Idea!”

Did you hear the story of the newcomer to a writers’ group who refused to share his work in a meeting, in case someone ‘stole’ his ideas? It’s only natural to be protective of our ideas – after all, they’re … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Writer Linda Lewis (Exclusive!)

I’m delighted to welcome to my blog a special guest – Linda Lewis – who, amongst other things, is a very successful short story writer. Linda’s never been interviewed in any of the writing magazines, so this is an exclusive … Continue reading

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Acting It Out

When I was at Writers Holiday in Fishguard last month, we had a particularly illuminating session with Della Galton one day (on the ‘Writing With Emotion’ course), when she asked for 2 volunteers to act out a short scene. Della … Continue reading

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