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You Know You’re a Writer When…

Among the great swathe of unpublished writers, it can be difficult to know just when to call yourself a writer. Is it when you join your first writing course, when you begin your first novel, or when you finish your first draft? Do you have to be published to call yourself a writer? And what…

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New Off The Block by Mary Cobbe

We have a new contributor on the blog today, Mary Cobbe.  She’s sent in some interesting thoughts on what it’s like to start out writing.  Welcome Mary. It is with some trepidation that you first immerse a shivering toe gingerly into the cold water of a writer’s shoes. After-all you may have been spending a…

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Books that inspire

A few weeks ago I posted an article about three non-fiction books that moved me and inspired me partly for the way they were written but also for the content as they were non-fiction. It made me think of what fiction I have read that has had a similar effect on me. I then sat and…

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Ten Tips on Starting A Novel

They say everyone has at least one novel inside them.  Or maybe it’s at least one book, which is not the same thing. I think it’s true – though whether everyone can write a publishable book is, of course, another matter.  (Still working on that one myself.) For everyone, then, who decides they’re going to…

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Creative Writing

Can creative writing be taught; moreover can you learn creative writing? It’s a thought that crosses my mind now and again. It usually happens when I am stuck with my own work and feeling creative constipation as I like to call it. I then think over what I have written and contemplate if it could be…

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FLYING OVER LOCKERBIE YEARS LATER

FLYING OVER LOCKERBIE YEARS LATER By Chip Tolson Flying over Lockerbie higher than the track Which my small plane flies in summer sky Is where the ticking clock sprang its catch The circuit made the jumbo ripped apart On that bleak December night. Comfortable over harvest fields can we believe It spiralled from altitude to…

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The ‘What If’ Factor

Originally posted on Martine Lillycrop:
I’ve been asked many times “How do you get the ideas for your stories?” In fact, I’ve probably answered that question on here already, but I was talking to someone recently and it reminded me of a conversation I had with my dad in the heady days when I believed…

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Reading habits

I don’t know about you but I think as vices go being somewhat bookish is pretty innocuous, having said that are two problems with it. The first problem is the knowledge that there will always be far more interesting books than my limited time to read them and the second is finite shelf space to…

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Completing Your Novel is Just the Start

So you’ve finished your novel. You’ve made it as great as you possibly can. You’ve been through the second (and third drafts) and couldn’t find anything to improve on. Brilliant. Well done. So now what? Yes, there are some writers out there who write purely for themselves and don’t harbour any ambition to see themselves…

This is a piece I wrote many years as an exercise for a writing group. I hope you enjoy it.

Self Pity

I sit here, sandwich in one hand, scalding coffee in the other. I sit watching people and life pass me by in the fading light, my mood languid, drifting, my mind blank, gaze fixed into the middle of nowhere. No one sees me, no one knows me, my fellows pass anonymously, their busy lives a…