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Flash of Inspiration

March 6th, 2020

My children’s novel has been quietly simmering on a back burner for eight years. Last year I decided a writing course would help stir it up. Check it wasn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan (whilst working on my extended metaphors). So I enrolled on a Writers Bureau course, and seven modules in, I still look forward to every assignment. But the course has stirred up more than I’d anticipated. It’s given me an itch to write just for the sake of writing. This is how I found flash fiction. And I’m a little bit besotted.

Six months ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what flash fiction was. So where has this infatuation come from? For me, it’s the ability of the genre to capture fleeting inspiration and either hold it within its tiny frame, or let it grow into something new. Read the rest of this entry »




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Are You Considering Self-publishing?

February 28th, 2020

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog. I enjoy reading both ‘proper’ books and e-books.  As I’m sure I’ve said before, for me it’s all about the most cost-effective way of getting my hands on what I want to read, whether it’s physically visiting my local library, using their library app, browsing in a good bookshop or downloading a book from Amazon. But I do tend to have a preference for my Kindle when I’m reading in bed. As Esther said – less strain on the arms!

I know that even young children are now savvy when it comes to tablets and phones and there are so many channels on the TV fighting for their attention. But I still get a buzz out of the fact that my 14-month-old grandson loves his books. He likes nothing better than making his choice and then staggering over with his favourite picture book so that we can sit down and enjoy it together. Let’s hope it lasts. 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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World Book Day Comes Round Again

February 14th, 2020

First, thanks to Jim for last week’s blog. He’s absolutely right about flash fiction being a wonderful medium for making you concentrate on your writing and then edit it until the only words and ideas left are the ones that form the core of your story and move it forward.

March 5th is World Book Day. Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland). They’ll be able to exchange these for any of the 15 free books available at local participating bookshops or they’ll be able to put the £1 towards any full price book or e-book of their choice costing more than £2.99. Read the rest of this entry »




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For the Love of Flash

February 7th, 2020

When Diana kindly asked me if I would contribute to the WB blog I was a little stumped, considering my amateur status in the world of fiction, on what to write about. Recently, I have had success in placing in the WB Flash Fiction Competition, so with this in mind I thought I would share with you why I think writing flash fiction is invaluable to any aspiring writer.

With a word limit tending to range between 200 – 1000 words, flash allows you to lay down a complete first draft in one sitting, often in under twenty minutes, so you can create a fully formed piece of fiction in your lunch break. You gain a sense of accomplishment and are well on your way to having a piece ready for competition or publication. More importantly (for me at least) you are able to go through the complete writing process in miniature (re-drafting, proof reading etc.)  building on skills like editing, that you may rarely get to use when writing in longer forms. In going through the process, I’ve found that I enjoy the re-drafting more than writing the initial draft. This has given me more hope in completing the first draft of my novel, which (as I’m sure some of you have found) can be a painful process. At the end of the week you could have a fully realised piece of fiction ready to go. Read the rest of this entry »




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