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MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the New Year – describing the homes of the rich and famous

Want to write about the seriously wealthy but when you look out the window for inspiration the view is dominated by grey pebbledash and black bin liners spilling a week … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) NICOLA MORGAN

Creative people are creative not because of where they get their ideas but because of what they do with them. That’s what creativity is; anyone can have an idea but a … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the Christmas holidays – writing with your senses

 I wrote about using smell in description a couple of weeks ago and I make no apologies for returning to it because it can create a whole world in a … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) ELEANOR ROOSEVLT

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences Eleanor Roosevelt

December 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

8 reasons why a Writer should join twitter. On the shortest day of the year a celebration of writing short

I know writers and readers who embrace every kind of social media but still can’t stand the thought of twitter. I wrote this two years ago on another blog and … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 10 Comments

Watch an Irish Winter Solstice

Tomorrow Friday 21st December 2012 at  8.45am (GMT) you can watch the dawn sunshine of the shortest day of the year light up the interior of an ancient temple  on … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Writing for Children

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or in terms … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

Did you know all about the Benjamin means all about the money?

…because Benjamin Franklin appears on the $100 bill. Source:  Pointless quiz (watching daytime TV = research). Dead Presidents = money. Source: my film savvy, street wise son

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bad Sex, Good Sex…

Nancy Huston has won the 2012 Bad Sex in Fiction Award for Infrared, published by Atlantic Books. Infrared tells the story of Rena who is a photographer with a taste … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week – making description stand out for all the right reasons

Good description never just tells you what something is like. It also does something else. Very often the something else adds to the emotional atmosphere of the story or helps … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Get in a Christmasy mood with this video

December 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Write like an American

When things go bad, when the fears that disturb your sleep become waking reality, words are clumsy and awkward. They can’t possibly express the depth and breath of what you … Continue reading

December 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER

It is well known that a woman can be in two places at once, at her desk and her washing machine… Sylvia Townsend Warner

December 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Enter a poetry competition to support an arts organisation

I’ve just heard that the Torriano Poetry Competition is low on entries and that the Torriano Meeting House is in real need of the funds the competition generates. It is … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 3 Comments