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April 9th, 2021

Well, despite the weather being a bit colder than we’d have liked, Easter was brilliant! Plenty of walking, plenty of gardening and just a bit of socialising. (Sorry, did I forget to mention plenty of chocolate?) And I think it’s true to say that it has made me feel a bit more optimistic about the next few months. I’ve stopped longing for overseas holidays and have settled for looking at B & Bs in Dorset (if there are any un-booked ones left).

I’m a keen gardener and there’s nothing I love more than visiting well-known gardens or stately homes to get deas. All that has been on hold, but as things start to re-open it reminded me of the ID card that you get if you’re a member of the Association of Freelance Writers. This can open many doors for you including: free admission to events, entrance to ‘closed’ events, help to reach the people you want to see and access places you want to go. Read the rest of this entry »




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Mother Tongue

April 2nd, 2021

First, thanks to Hilary for last week’s post. You have to agree that having a deeper than normal understanding of what goes on in the human psyche is a great advantage if you’re writing a character-driven novel or story. It must certainly help when it comes to making your people’s motives realistic.

I think that someone should make this point to the BBC and the vast majority of its scriptwriters. In the past few months I don’t think I’ve ever watched more series where the characters and plots are so unrealistic and unbelievable. I know we talk about new mothers having ‘baby brain’ but I think a lot of the people writing for TV have got ‘pandemic brain’ – in other words, a captive audience so they don’t need to try as hard. Shame on them! Read the rest of this entry »




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How Becoming A Hypnotherapist Has Improved My Writing

March 26th, 2021

I took voluntary redundancy in 2005 and planned to take some time off to complete the Writers Bureau Course.  I got away with taking six months before the pressing financial need was imminent, and although I had had some success with articles in magazines, it couldn’t be called an income.

Before I left my job as an HR Advisor, my manager told me I had a natural level of counselling skills, but unfortunately this wasn’t a skill that was needed in HR.  This got me thinking about my next career, which was clearly not a full time writer just yet.   I researched counselling courses, and signed up to a three  year course that offered a Diploma in Hypnotherapy in the first year.  I completed the qualification in 2012, and have been in full time practice ever since.  I run a Therapy Centre, and am also a hypnotherapy supervisor and trainer. Read the rest of this entry »




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Generating Ideas For Articles

March 19th, 2021

First, thanks to Prachi for last week’s blog. As she points out, the internet is awash with people writing and trying to get that writing noticed, so it’s essential that you approach it in the right frame of mind if you want people to find and read your work.

Moving on, I’ve just been undertaking my annual ‘health check’ on our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course to keep it up to date.  I’ve always been particularly impressed by the advice given in Module 4 about how to generate ideas for articles. But, I suddenly realised that as we reach the anniversary of the first lockdown, it’s probably been very difficult for people to follow our advice, as we haven’t been able to get out, visit places, go to libraries and museums or interview people.

We’ve all had to lead a relatively ‘digital’ life and I suspect that this has had both its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s have a quick look at some of adjustments we’ve had to make: Read the rest of this entry »




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How To Stand Out As A Writer

March 13th, 2021

In this digitally enhanced world, everyone is a writer. You can write for social media, blogs, thirdparty websites, and even write a book and self-publish it. Writing is everywhere for they say “Content is king”.

However, amid this sea of words and an urge to receive recognition as a writer, what truly works? Before social media, writers would spend years perfecting their prose and then, struggle to find a publisher. The number of rejections was depressing. Today, you don’t need a publisher, perhaps not even a coach to make you a proficient writer. You buy a domain, build a website, and start writing Voilà, you are a writer. Sounds easy? No, it is not. Read the rest of this entry »




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