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Nano – What To Do About That Urge: Six Lessons #nanowrimo #writing

(the images are from my garden; I cannot believe the colour that has extended into November) National Novel Writing Month is an exercise in many things: patience, persistence, imagination, robust typing skills. To arrive at November 30th with 50,000 words tucked away is … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead #writephoto

Sue’s prompt for #writephoto this week is  ‘Can I bring the meeting to order?’ The Lord Chamberlain, Rodney Putupon straightened his papers and cast a jaundiced eye around the table. No one met his gaze. They wouldn’t, of course. The … Continue reading

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Choosing Isn’t Easy

I hosted a small writers’ retreat this weekend gone. Each of us was at a different stage in production of our latest work. In my case I’ve been editing the sequel to my first book. That edit finished on Sunday … Continue reading

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And The Winner Is…

I don’t do many competitions. It’s something to do with confidence and chutzpah and ego (a lack of the former and an instinct that tells me not to pander to the two latter imposters) but Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest … Continue reading

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Scribbling

These days my handwriting would be best described… and not actually experienced. It is cursive only in the sense that it engenders in the reader an overwhelming and uncontrollable urge to curse. It wasn’t always thus… Who am I kidding? … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: the book

Regular readers will recognise the heading. Last year I decided to pull together a memoir of my time with my mother, post dad. I’ve now finished it and it’s in for editing. This post, like so many, comes with a request. Are there … Continue reading

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The Help #shouldbewritingbutamponderinginstead

Nano is time consuming. Useful, sure. Satisfying, eventually. Fun? Well yes and no. It seems to involve a lot of bashing at the keyboard – my ‘e’ is looking pasty and, oddly, my ‘s’ has developed a squint – followed … Continue reading

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