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A Trip Down Memory Lane

June 12th, 2015

free_895142-blogThanks to Margaret for last Friday’s post – the point that she makes about letting your work ‘rest’ before sending it out to publishers is a really important one.

It’s amazing how many flaws you’ll spot when you come back to it after a break. You’re seeing it with a fresh pair of eyes (and probably more objectively). It’s not just about the plot and structure of your novel/short story but also whether your characters look and behave in a consistent way. It’s about the style – picking up on problems in grammar, spelling and punctuation – and making sure that what is clear to you is clear to your reader without over-explaining anything or patronising them. Read the rest of this entry »




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That’s The Way To Do It!

June 8th, 2015

R.Belligerence-BlogOur kids dragged us to the Manchester Film and Comic Con last weekend. Well, I say dragged … I was more excited than them. It was a huge event, packed with dealers, big screen TVs, an auditorium for talks, and rows of desks where celeb’s were signing graphic novels, DVDs, original artwork, baseball caps, etc.

My ten year old son was after ‘retro’ games, and we soon found some. So while he hummed and hahed over Pokemon and Donkey Kong I had a look round. I noticed one particular table which was quite simple (by comic con standards.) On a plain black cloth, it held just a few piles of books, all copies of four paperbacks that were neatly laid out on display – all clearly part of a series. Behind the table was a woman in a striking outfit – part Tolkien’s Rivendell, part Mos Eisley spaceport.

“Are you the author?” I said.

“Yes,” she said

And that’s how I came to meet the inspirational C. G. Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »




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Stand Back from Your Writing… then Revise It!

June 5th, 2015

margaret-christopher-blogLooking through recent blogs, I was particularly interested in the comments from Kerry Chiron who, like me, is permanently resident in France. My experience is that, over recent years, writers’ and poets’ circles have sprung up. Of course, as in Britain, their quality and usefulness is very varied as it depends on the make- up of the group. I have also found among British friends people who, although not writers themselves, are avid readers and well able to offer helpful comments and suggestions about my work.

I agree wholeheartedly about the positive impact of the internet. It is my research tool, its only drawback being that I often get so interested in my discoveries that I lose sight of the fact that I am supposed to be writing a book!

My first foray into serious writing was when, soon after we arrived here, I realised that Peter Mayle hadn’t invented those bizarre incidents in Provence! Read the rest of this entry »




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June 2nd, 2015

WW1-187-blogThis week I’ve got not just one YouTube clip but four for your delectation!

I studied the poets of the First World War for ‘A’ Level (more years ago than I care to remember). Last year I finally got to visit the area where the men writing them had fought. Visiting the battlefields, the craters, the cemeteries full of row upon row of graves and attending the ceremony held each evening at the Menin Gate in Ypres made them even more poignant. Read the rest of this entry »




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