Category Archives: Novels

Back to School?

I love this time of year: still sunny(ish) and warm(ish) but the hot months (when I struggle to sleep and can never decide what to wear) are over, the dreaded ‘C-mas’ is not yet looming and there are lots of … Continue reading

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Psychologies Magazine: Novel-Writing Competition

The latest issue of Psychologies magazine has a novel writing competition for UK residents, aged over 18, with a £5000 e-book publishing deal – and possibly representation too, by literary agents David Higham Associates– up for grabs, IF (and it’s … Continue reading

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Do You Really Want to Be a Published Novelist?

Apparently, a major reason for not writing or finishing one’s novel, is FEAR. Fear that you can’t do it, fear that it won’t be as good as you’ve imagined, fear that your mum will read the sex scenes, fear that … 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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What’s Your Definition of ‘Writing Success’?

What’s your definition of writing ‘success’ and ‘failure’? I ask because last Saturday’s Guardian (it was 1st April but I don’t think it was a joke) contained an interesting ‘What I’m Really Thinking’ piece (they’re always interesting, imo but this … Continue reading

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‘My Funny Old Week’

I sometimes buy Woman’s Weekly magazine (because I don’t have enough to read, oh no) and they have a nice little feature in every issue, ‘My Funny Old Week’, in which a celebrity (this week it’s Chris Tarrant) tells the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Books (and some cake)

It’s nearly that time of year again. No, not the Great British Bake Off Final, although that IS on tonight and I WILL be watching! My man has been out to the village shop and bought a cake ‘specially because … Continue reading

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