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The Ten Commandments For Writing Divine Short Stories

July 31st, 2020

I’ve been wanting  to play God ever since I watched Bruce Almighty. I’m delighted to say the day has finally come. So, here is my Decalogue to write divine short stories.

1) You shall write

I can hear you shriek “really, Mr. God?” Although being obvious, it can be challenging. Write daily if possible, even just a couple of lines.

2) You shall read

Explore different authors and various genres. Learn from the masters. Above all (to me, at least): Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man; Stephen King, Everything’s Eventual. Read the rest of this entry »




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National Writing Day

June 12th, 2020

First, thanks to Colin for last week’s post. I’ve been reading a great deal over the past couple of months and it got me thinking about how many of the novels that I’ve downloaded had a quest at their heart.  And I’ve got to agree that it’s probably the majority!

I bet that quite a lot of you are currently working from home and at the same time trying to juggle this with home-educating your children. Not an easy task – I know how lucky I am not to have this extra pressure. So any resources are welcome – especially if your children are interested in creative writing. This year National Writing  Day is being held on 24th June and they say “This will be the fourth annual celebration of the power of writing creatively, inspiring people of all ages and abilities to try writing for fun and self-expression. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite writing activities to help you celebrate at home.Read the rest of this entry »




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Tantalising Titles

February 21st, 2020

Paperback or Kindle? Or both? I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a paperback. I’ve tried to embrace the world of the e-book, but I just don’t enjoy the experience. I much prefer holding an actual book in my hand, running my hands over the cover, smelling the freshness of the pages (that may sound a little odd, so that may just be me!), turning the physical page, and the words and story just seem so much more real when reading from a printed page.

Some of you may be asking why I’ve left out the poor old hardback. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a number of hardback books and enjoy them, but I find them a little cumbersome to hold, especially at night, when I’m lying down in bed, and my poor arms feel as if they’re doing weights at the gym. That’s usually when my partner looks across at me, all smug, as he’s comfy and relaxed, holding up his dainty little Kindle. Read the rest of this entry »




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Reeling In Your Reader

April 26th, 2019

I have to admit that I love a bit of fiction. Don’t you? There’s nothing like being whisked away to exciting new worlds, or going on thrilling adventures. Equally, there’s something special about a love story that gives you that happy glow and makes you feel that all is right with the world.

Now, I love reading books, but I also like a short story. In today’s world, life seems to be galloping along, and we barely have time to breathe, but we all have the odd five minutes to spare. And five minutes is all it takes to read a short story and to lose yourself in someone else’s life.

It’s the first couple of sentences that usually sucks me into a story. Take this example:

“I didn’t mean it. Please…please don’t hurt me,” the young girl said, her dark eyes welling up with tears.  

 “You should have thought of that before,” the man said, advancing towards her.   Read the rest of this entry »




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Winner of Student Only Short Story Competition

August 15th, 2018

Liz GouldsTwice a year we run a student only competition. This time we asked students for a 300-word short story. We had a stack of entries to go through and after much deliberation we made our choice. So congratulations to Liz Goulds for her wonderful story:

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