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Think Of Yourself As A Writer, Not A Beginner

November 22nd, 2021

I have been reading “Write ON! The Writer’s Help Book” by Adrian Magson recently and amongst  the excellent advice he offers throughout was this gem:

We’re learning all the time. It’s another fascinating aspect of life; that learning never stops. But there’s a point at which you have to put that learning to good use, rather than simply doing more of the same. And one way to do that is to think of yourself as a writer. Not merely a beginner. Read the rest of this entry »




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Stolen Moments Of A Writing Mum

November 8th, 2021

When do you write? Where do you write? Do you listen to music whilst you write, or does it have to be completely silent?

I see these questions frequently when I read writing magazines, books and blogs. My mum gave me a book last Christmas: The Art of Writing Fiction, by Andrew Cowan. There’s a fascinating section called ‘Writers’ routines’, which lists how, when and where certain famous writers liked to reach their daily word count. For example, Barbara Cartland dictated her novels to her secretary whilst reclining on a chaise longue. Novelist and biographer Margaret Forster only wrote until lunchtime, and always with a fountain pen. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing at a lectern, often naked. He would use a pencil, and only sat down when typing dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »




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Believe In Yourself As A Writer

October 15th, 2021

First, thanks to Jacqueline for last week’s post and her sensible suggestions about getting your work published. But before you can get anything published you need to write and – importantly – admit to yourself (and to others) that you are a writer. In other words, believe in yourself!

Obviously, if you write, you’re a writer. But if you want to see your work in print then you need certain other qualities including:

Hard work: You can’t afford to have writers’ block! However you do it (and there are lots of suggestions out there online) you have to work your way through it and continue being productive. If you were a plumber, you wouldn’t suffer from plumbers’ block, would you? You’d just get on with unblocking that drain. You’ve also got to be willing to put the hours in. Don’t make excuses and procrastinate. Articles and books don’t writer themselves you have to be disciplined and sometimes have to make sacrifices. Read the rest of this entry »




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Block-v-Indented Paragraphs

May 11th, 2021

There are two paragraphing styles that you need to be aware of – block and indented – and many new writers wonder about which they should use.

Block paragraphing has a blank line separating the last line of the previous paragraph and the first line of the new paragraph. Each paragraph is a block of text on the page, with white space all around it. The first line of each paragraph is left-justified which means it is not indented. This blog uses block paragraphs!

Indented paragraphing does not have a blank line between each paragraph. Instead, you start the first line of each paragraph about five or six spaces from the left hand margin of your page.  Read the rest of this entry »




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Do You Need a Pseudonym?

April 23rd, 2021

First, thanks to Simon for last week’s post. I’ve known him for a long time and if anyone can provide good tips on how to be more positively productive as a writer, it’s him!

Now for some sad news; Jimmy Hodge who tutored for us for many years died towards the end of March aged 88. Jimmy was a brilliant tutor, journalist and author – but he was also a real character. He was part of a Western re-enactment society and when his group visited Rochester, Indiana in the late 70s he was made an honorary Deputy Sheriff. He later used this in his road safety work with Kent schoolchildren – just one of the many things he did as part of his charitable work. Our condolences go to all his family – he will be sadly missed. Read the rest of this entry »




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