February 2016 archive

So you’re writing a novel. Where do you start?

People generally ask how one attempts to write a whole novel. Sure, it’s one word, followed by another, but which words? My professional experience taught me one thing about the writing process. There are two types of people when it comes to writing. Those who are terrified and intimidated by the blank page, and those who …

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News It seems already that we have lost so many great talents in 2016 and it’s only just the end of February now. This month we said goodbye to three writers who will leave their mark on generations of readers to come. Umberto Eco January 5th 1932 – February 19th 2016 Milan – aged 84 …

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Coping with writer’s block


Many years ago I wrote a poem about how it feels to sit in front of the blank page hoping to meet with the muse. Sometimes when the words don’t come you fear they may never come again. Thankfully there are also those magical times when the words are as impatient to be jotted down …

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Please God – not another synopsis

Well it’s been an interesting week here at the desk. JK Rowling (Twitter Queen) relayed a public service announcement about the Lucy Cavendish Prize. “A great opportunity for unpublished female writers resident in UK and Ireland,” she says. I decided, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right? I’m an unpublished female writer, and at this point in time …

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