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Creating Your Perfect Writing Environment

November 23rd, 2018

  1. Whether you are lucky enough to have a dedicated office space, you work in the spare bedroom or have to work at the dining room/kitchen table – keep it tidy.  If your ‘writing space’ is free from clutter there’s a better chance that your mind will be, too!
  2. Make sure you have the necessary equipment.  A good broadband connection isn’t a luxury.  But we haven’t yet achieved the ‘paperless office’ so a printer and a filing cabinet – or some form of storage – is more or less essential.  And don’t forget supplies of stationery and any necessary reference books.  You might be able to ‘google’ any information you need but most writers still build up a library of their favourite reference books.
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What’s In A Name?

November 16th, 2018

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to names over the last couple of weeks. My son and his wife are expecting a little boy in December and they’ve been trying to decide what to call him. At the moment Theo and Archie seem to be the front runners, though I’m not completely sure about either of them. But looking at a list of the 20 most popular boys’ names in 2018, they’re both in there and seem to be moving up the popularity rankings.

Of course, that got me thinking about the names of characters in books, short stories and plays. Choosing the right names for your characters is crucial if the reader is to empathise with them. You can suggest a great deal about a person’s age and background by the name you give (and this is particularly important in a short story where words are at a premium). All names have popular connotations and associations which the reader subconsciously tunes into – they create instant mental pictures of people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Steampunk Literature

November 9th, 2018

My last blog was rather lengthy, so this week I’m going to try to keep it a bit shorter.

As we’re coming up to Remembrance Day on Sunday I’d like to recommend that you have your own few moments of silence and read ‘The Wound In Time’ – a sonnet that Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

She was invited by film director Danny Boyle to write the poem as part of his 14-18 NOW commissioned piece, Pages of the Sea, which will see thousands gathering on beaches as a national gesture of remembrance. I found it very moving – see what you think. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where Does All The Time Go?

November 2nd, 2018

Last week I promised that I’d try to give you some sound advice for ensuring that you actually find time to write. I know that many of you lead busy lives, but others use ‘lack of time’ as an excuse for not settling down and getting creative. So whichever category you fall into, read on….

Do you have days when all you seem to do is run around frantically and then collapse at the end of it all, wondering what you have achieved? There’s an important lesson to understand here:

Being busy doesn’t mean being productive.

Time management strategies are all about getting more done in less time. It’s about being more efficient with your time. In some ways, referring to these strategies as ‘Time Management’ strategies is a little misleading. We can’t manage time, but what we can do is manage ourselves better. Read the rest of this entry »

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