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The Homemade Tart

June 16th, 2017

The Writers Bureau memoirs course helped me produce the draft for my first book, The Storm Within the Rose: My Family and Alzheimer’s. My next task was to turn this mass of words into a book people would want to read. With no publishing experience whatsoever I decided to self-publish completing each step of the process myself. It seemed slightly less crazy than trying to convince a publisher or agent that I, an unestablished author, had written a book that would sell.

So l started to create my book which I affectionately nicknamed my homemade tart. The filling was to be a mixture of sadness, humour, nostalgia, information and pictures, poured into a casing of chapters, headings, indented paragraphs, page numbers and front section before topping with an eye-catching book cover. Read the rest of this entry »




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My Life in Letters

October 8th, 2014

Diary-blogDo you keep a diary? I used to. When I was in my twenties I thought it was the sort of thing a writer should do, so I made sure I always had an A5 hardback notebook to hand. This was my journal and in it, every day (sometimes two or three times a day) I recorded my activities, my observations and my innermost feelings. At some point, I thought, I’ll turn all this into a play, or a novel or a whole stack of poems. Read the rest of this entry »




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If you want to be a writer…read!

July 11th, 2014

First, thanks to Esther for last Friday’s post – and the great advice about ‘up-cycling’ (not sure if I like that word) your writing.  Don’t just delete stuff. You might not be able to use it in its current form but you could cannibalise it for a plot, a title or a theme.

But, as our annual short story comes to an end and we send the entries off to the adjudicator, could I make a plea for people not to enter the same story year after year.  I recognised quite a few from last year; and if they didn’t win then, they’re highly unlikely to win this year.  Send them off to a different competition or re-cycle them, otherwise you’re just wasting your money. Read the rest of this entry »




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