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THE NEXT BIG THING and should I tell you about it?

THE NEXT BIG THING is an author’s Work In Progress project  from SheWrites. I didn’t know about either the event or the online community for women writers until AKAndrew dropped me … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 6 Comments

What’s the worst thing a student could do in a creative writing class?

 I came across Cathy Dreyer humorous example of epistolary fiction in the summer when I discovered her blog Write a Novel In 10 Minutes Flat (a title that has its … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

MONDAY creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. DESCRIPTION

This a great exercise for the days when you have no time to write. When you’re in the kitchen preparing dinner you can jot down ideas while the pasta is … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 4 Comments

Small reminder…you can win a copy of A GOOD CONFESSION

The book on the right. Looks good doesn’t it? Reads even better. Don’t take my word for it: here’s a few reviews of A GOOD CONFESSION Bridget Whelan writes in … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

Originally posted on The View Outside:
If you’ve never heard of Nanowrimo, get yourself over to C A Husted’s blog and see what it’s all about….. Nanowrimo, or National Novel…

October 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

New Mass Market publishing opportunity for your brilliant idea

I’ve just discovered that Harlequin are appealing for submissions for their new digital series. They want manuscripts of 10,000 words or more and it’s not all frothy romances – see … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

MONDAY creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: How to scare your reader

Horror writing comes in many flavours. Subgenres range from the psychological to vampire and cyber punk (think gritty low life in a futuristic high tech society), but first, last and … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 8 Comments

Which books scare a scary writer?

I am very lucky. In every issue of creative writing magazine WHAT THE DICKENS I invite a guest writer to recommend eight books that they have read, re-read and would … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ever written a one star Amazon review?

Ever been so riled by a book you just had to let the world know?  Over at The New Yorker writer Bob Odenkirk reckons it’s the best way of making … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 6 Comments

Free creative writing magazine WHAT THE DICKENS PUMPKIN EDITION OUT NOW

Craft articles, creative writing competitions, author interviews, creative writing exercises, book reviews, social media advice, short stories, even an agony aunt for writers and their plots….there’s so much in it … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 3 Comments

Have your poem published alongside Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan

Macmillan Cancer Support are inviting submissions for HEART SHOOTS, a poetry anthology that will be published at Easter 2013. The themes are love and relationships, but they are also accepting … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 2 Comments

A new word a day writing challenge to fire your imagination

Over at WRITING SO FLUID website Michelle Goode – script reader, editor and writer – is running a word a day prompt for October. She is also providing lots of  … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · Leave a comment


For the month of October I’m running a raffle to win a copy of A GOOD CONFESSION – all you have to do is make a comment on one of … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 2 Comments