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Ten Top Tips For Public Speaking

February 9th, 2015

Speak-blogIt may not be your cup of tea, but if your writing career starts taking off, at some point you’ll have to get up in front of an audience and either read them a piece, or tell them about it. Now, way back in another life (before we had kids) I worked as an actor and, though I never got anywhere near even the suggestion of a shadow of Hollywood, I did pick up a few pointers on speaking in public. So, if and when you get the call, I hope they’ll be of use to you.

1. Know Your Audience. First of all, think about who you’re speaking to. Between a primary school class, an open mic in your local pub, and a literary festival crowd, there is a world of difference. If you manage to pitch things right, you’ll make life a lot easier for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Writing Life

February 6th, 2015

Nicki-Feb-11Like so many of us, I always promised myself I’d write one day. And again like so many, life got in the way. There always seemed to be something  better,  and certainly more lucrative, to do. Having studied for my MA in English literary research while I was pregnant with my first child, and worked part time as a university English lecturer whilst pregnant with the second, then taken a full time office job while both boys were small, I told myself it was now or never. So once the youngest toddled off to school I decided to give up the day job. Read the rest of this entry »




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How to Write a Best Selling Novel

February 3rd, 2015

shock_fallWe’d all like to know how to do that, wouldn’t we? But Nathan Filer, author of Shock of the Fall seems to have got it just right and in this clip he gives you tips on how to go about it. He was winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2013; the Betty Trask Prize, 2014 and Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards, 2014. Not to mention the fact that the book has now been translated into 27 languages. Not bad for a first novel! Read the rest of this entry »




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