Category Archives: Novels

Bringing Out The Animal In Me…?!

I read a short story last week in which the main character snarled – not just once, but twice – and no, she wasn’t a werewolf or a dog: it was a person doing the snarling (an annoyed person, admittedly). … Continue reading

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I ❤ Deadlines!

Just look at that fancy header! (It took me ages to work out how to add that heart). Last Friday, 30th October, was a date I’d had firmly fixed in my head and in my diary for several weeks. It … Continue reading

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Jojo Moyes, The Shard.. and I spot a STAR!

I whizzed back to Cheltenham for the last day of the festival last Sunday (but not alone this time, so I can’t count it as an ‘artist’s date’!), to see an interview with novelist Jojo Moyes. If you don’t ‘know’ … Continue reading

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Artist’s Date #2 – Cheltenham Literature Festival

Tonight I went to see American novelist Anita Shreve at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and that definitely qualified as an ‘artist’s date’ because: 1. I went on my own 2. It was something that I was excited about and that … Continue reading

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My Writing A-Z … G is for ‘GRIT-LIT’

G is for ‘GRIT-LIT’ What do I mean by ‘grit-lit’? It may not be a genre you’re familiar with but, in my definition at least, it’s writing (both fiction and non-fiction) that focuses on unrelenting misery. It’s confessional-style, ‘gritty’, dealing … Continue reading

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Thinking About Non-Fiction Writing

Most writers – including me – want to write, well.. stories. We live half our lives in an imaginary world, populated by made-up people and places, dreaming of the day when our name’s on the cover of a novel. Right? … Continue reading

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Elevator Pitches And Other Stuff..

I promised to tell you more about one of the writing workshops I attended at ChipLitFest last weekend, so here goes… I went to a workshop on ‘Creating Tension’, run by Lucy Atkins and Emily Barr, who’ve both written scary … Continue reading

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