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Watch Out – There’s An Impostor About!

April 16th, 2021

I shall never forget that day. It was Saturday, 6th December 2003, and I’d just spotted my book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human was number seven on the Sunday Times non-fiction paperback bestseller list. Gulp.

It was the strangest feeling ever. There was euphoria. There was nervousness. (What have I done?) And then there was the gut-wrenching sense that this was all some terrible mistake.

I glanced at the other names on the list: Michael Moore, Kate Adie, Nick Hornby, Michael Palin, Claire Tomalin, and Patricia Cornwell.

How did I end up on the same list as writers of that calibre? Clearly, I was an impostor among these proper writers.

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New: Writing Lunch Sessions On Zoom

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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