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Some You Win, Some You Have To Take It On The Chin

November 17th, 2014

magazines-blogA couple of months ago I wrote a blog about how hard it can be, just getting things finished. At the time, I’d spotted a competition in Writing Magazine for an adult fairy story, and I’d decided to enter. The competition was going to be my deadline, but whether I won or lost, the intention was to keep blogging about the story. I was working on the assumption that, if a piece isn’t successful on its first submission, there’s always somewhere else to send it. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Story A Day Keeps Stress Away

November 14th, 2014

GG2014-slider12-blogFirst, thanks to Kim for Last Friday’s blog. After reading her winning entry in our 2014 Short Story Competition I can vouch for the fact that she certainly knows how to sprinkle fairy dust on her own work!

And while we’re on the subject, next Monday marks the start of National Short Story Week. If you visit the website you can read short stories, listen to short stories and it may even inspire you to start writing short stories. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Places It takes You

November 12th, 2014

lawnmowers-blogA few years ago I wrote the most boring article ever: The History Of The Lawn from Roman times to the present day. But don’t fall asleep just yet, because, though the subject was as dull as ditchwater, putting the article together was a fascinating journey and, at one point, it got really exciting. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Top Tips From Ten Top Writers

November 10th, 2014

Top-Writers-blogI sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable when people ask me to give advice to other writers. Though I’ve worked hard on my style over the years, and I think I’m a fairly good storyteller, I’ve never been on a bestsellers list or won any kind of major prize. So for this month’s ten top tips I’ve dug up a collection of gems from some really successful wordsmiths. Now, these tips are all guaranteed good, any one of them will make a better writer of you. Even so, they won’t write your book for you – you’ll still have to do that yourself. They may help keep your spirits up along the way though. So, enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust

November 7th, 2014

Kim-Fleet-author-photo-blogSometimes when I write a story, it’s flat and no matter how much I grind away at the prose, the story just doesn’t come to life. It needs fairy dust: snap and sparkle and an inner glow, and to achieve that, I try some upcycling. Read the rest of this entry »




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