Category Archives: Novels

All Zoomed Out

Does anyone else have a recurring nightmare? (Apart from being stuck in an everlasting Zoom meeting?) Here’s mine: I’m packing to go somewhere (that has to be a dream, at the moment, right?) and I’m late and in a mad … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

So here we are again, another week over. As someone wise (it was Marian Keyes, actually) said on Twitter today, ‘The weeks whizz by but nothing changes’ (probably a bit wittier than that, but you get the idea). It’s all … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take to Write a Novel?

Since my last post, 2 things have happened which have taken my mind off the global pandemic, at least for a little while, namely: 1. On Sunday, I went out in my car (essential shopping, not a jolly!), for what … Continue reading

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In Search of an Ending

My mum (who is in our bubble) has been staying with us for a few days and this is what I’ve been doing: watching Tipping Point, Pointless, Only Connect and University Challenge, playing Scrabble and Rummikub, sweating/sweltering (because we have … Continue reading

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How To Plan a Novel

Look at that title! As though I’m an expert or something. Of course, I am not. But this question was raised on Twitter this week and the answers were interesting, so I thought I’d bring it to the blog (the … Continue reading

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Getting My NWS Report

NWS Report Today I got an email to say my report was ready from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme. (Has anyone else had theirs? How was it for you?) Eek. My stomach gave a lurch. It honestly felt like getting … Continue reading

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DISCOVERIES 2020-21 (& Making the Most of Opportunities!)

Four years ago, almost exactly to the day – on 19th September 2016, to be precise – I blogged about how author Jojo Moyes was offering her cottage in Suffolk for a week to an aspiring writer in need of … Continue reading

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Keeping A Weather Diary

Phew, it’s sweltering! I have removed myself from the boiling hot house (where Him Indoors is playing music as loudly as a teenager), to my boiling hot ‘cave’ (I wish it were that cool!), which hasn’t had much ventilation for … Continue reading

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The Pull of The Post-It

Last week I took part in a Zoom workshop led by author Julie Cohen, in which she talked about different ways of using sticky coloured Post-It notes in your writing. It was fun and informative and while I’m not going … Continue reading

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Poppies, Paperbacks & Pilates

Hello! I have been quiet for a little while because there’s not been much to tell you! Except: POPPIES! Loads of them in one of the fields on our daily walk. It’s amazing how cheerful they make you feel. Books … Continue reading

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