Category Archives: Successes

The Story Behind The Story: ‘Dinosaurs’

I have a story called ‘Dinosaurs’ in the current issue of Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special (out until around 5th June, after which, July’s edition will hit the shelves). Isn’t that a lovely illustration they’ve put with it? I got the … Continue reading

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Ditching The Distractions = Get More Writing Done!

You could say that I’ve taken my own advice to an extreme: on Monday I resigned from my ‘day job’ (part-time but increasingly filling the hours and headspace that I need for my writing) and I’m not actually recommending that … 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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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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First Post of 2017

So, here we are in 2017. Happy New Year to you all! I realised that my last post was a bit miserable when someone called me ‘Scrooge’ in a text, so this is going to be more upbeat, I promise! … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like.. you-know-what

So, the countdown to Christmas has begun. My blog header’s changed to the good old snowman, the SNOW has magically appeared, as it does every year from 1st December and the Bonnie calendars have just arrived from Vistaprint… Yes, it’s … Continue reading

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Trials & Tribulations of ‘Turning Pro’

As I write this, British hopeful Marcus Willis is playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon and I’ve got it on the TV (TV or tv? anyway…) Bless. It’s a bit of a David and Goliath match. No-one of course, expects him … Continue reading

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