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You Can’t Beat A Good Read!

March 27th, 2015

73.Eleanor-Catton-blogsAs usual, thanks to Louise for last Friday’s post. I know that she’s probably luckier than most of us when it comes to being in a position to soak up inspiration. I somehow imagine that being aboard a boat moored near Rome must be so much more conducive to writing than living in rainy Rochdale (sorry, Rochdale, no offence intended).

But I suspect I might be wrong. It’s more about the way you look at life and your surroundings than where you actually live. And this was the point that Louise got across so well. Even a trip to the laundrette or Tescos can provide inspiration if you keep your mind open and receptive at all times.

And talking about a bit of inspiration that you might not have considered as a writer, Prima magazine has a great section online entitled All About You that includes a Book Club. You can listen to Jane Green’s advice on getting your book published; Lucy Diamond talking about how to start writing your first novel and then finding a publisher; Karen Swan discussing the process of writing a novel and Joanna Reed offers tips that any aspiring author will find helpful. Read the rest of this entry »




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It’s a Big Big World

March 23rd, 2015

C'wealth-blogY’know, it’s a splendid job, blogging for the Writers Bureau. As well as the completely self indulgent necessity to write about writing, it’s introduced me to loads of new stuff. Some of my favourite blogs: Writers In The Storm; Grammarphobia; Grammarly, the works of great writers like Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Jhumpa Lahiri, not forgetting Leonard Lopate’s  fabulous WNYC talk show … all brilliant. And now, there’s another one for the list: Commonwealth Writers. Read the rest of this entry »




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Inspiration Surrounds Us All

March 20th, 2015

bailey_cover-1-blogOne of the questions I get asked most frequently when I tell people I’m a writer is where do I get my ideas from. It’s not an easy answer to give because in truth, my ideas come from everywhere. Almost anything can spark an idea or inspire a burst of creativity. The trick is to see the potential in these ideas and nurture them into an article or a story.

I’m lucky to live on a boat just outside of Rome, which provides me with endless inspiration to write and create. I’m drawn to the sea and working comfortably in the cabin as I float around really suits my style. I love feeling all the elements on the boat. My work in progress is a young adult novel set under the ocean. When there’s a violent storm and the boat is surging in the marina, I take the opportunity to imagine what it must feel like for my characters below the surface. Read the rest of this entry »




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