• Music for Writing

    My relationship to aural input whilst writing has changed dramatically over time.

    I used to need complete peace and quiet in order to write, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to listen to music at the same time.

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  • Subscriber Spotlight

    I've been featured in the Subscriber Spotlight section of this month's Writing Magazine, which is a delightfully circular experience.  My short story publications are largely due to opportunities listed in Writing Magazine, which now has a piece advertising this site, where I am advertising that piece within Writing Magazine!

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  • Dreaded Revision Not So Dreadful

    After two writing weeks on the Six Month Novel Programme, I am six chapters and over 30,000 words into the new draft, which is way more than I anticipated.

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  • The Wonders of Outlining

    When I wrote the first draft of my novel, it took five years, a lot of teeth-pulling, and a gradual progression from the original 1,500 word story to the eventual 90,000 word novel.  There was a lot of mystery and excitement along the way, coupled with periods of staring into the void, wondering what on earth was going to happen next.

    Now, I’ve signed up for the Six Month Novel programme, and I’m in a whole new world of plotting and outlining.

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  • The House

    In its heyday, the house stood in substantial grounds, and its nearest neighbour was at least half a mile away.  The family that owned the house could trace their history back generations and were extremely proud of their heritage.  The house hosted many a lavish party and saw hundreds of guests enter through its magnificent oak doors.  Horses and carriages turned on its driveway, depositing merry people, in all their finery, upon the front steps, to be announced to those within.  The ballroom shone first in candlelight, and later with gas lamps, illuminating countless dances.  

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  • The Owl

    An eagle eye

    Surveys my heart

    Noting the changes since it awoke

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