Category Archives: Ideas

10 Tips for Choosing Characters’ Names

As I sit under my newly-purchased ‘heated throw’ (it’s basically an electric blanket and I love it) I thought it might be fun to think about characters’ names. But don’t waste too much time thinking about your characters’ names. It … 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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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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“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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Guest Post: Kim Fleet – Writing Coach

Kim Fleet is a writer, teacher and writing coach. She’s the author of two novels (so far!) and her short stories and articles regularly appear in women’s magazines, family history and writing magazines. She’s worked with hundreds of writers, getting … Continue reading

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Random Short Story Competition – Shortlisted ‘New Writer’ Entries

The results of my Random Word Mini Saga competition will be on the blog tomorrow, but I’m going to tease you today by putting up the shortlisted entries (5 in each category). Just in case you need a reminder, the … Continue reading

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The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

If you’ve never had a children’s novel published – but you’ve written one (or think you could by the closing date of 26th October 2012) then you might be interested in The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. More details here. … Continue reading

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