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A Writing Life

February 6th, 2015

Nicki-Feb-11Like so many of us, I always promised myself I’d write one day. And again like so many, life got in the way. There always seemed to be something  better,  and certainly more lucrative, to do. Having studied for my MA in English literary research while I was pregnant with my first child, and worked part time as a university English lecturer whilst pregnant with the second, then taken a full time office job while both boys were small, I told myself it was now or never. So once the youngest toddled off to school I decided to give up the day job. Read the rest of this entry »




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Am I Rambling?

January 19th, 2015

footpath-blogYou know how people say, ‘If you’re stuck for an idea and don’t know what to write, then go for a walk?’ Well, if you were really at a loss, you could always try writing about … the walk.

Does that sound daft? It did when I first put it down. But, apparently, it’s not. You see, I’ve just finished reading an article called The Great Outdoors by WB tutor Simon Whaley. It was in an old edition of E-Zee Writer from 2009, and it’s all about writing, then publishing, walking routes. Read the rest of this entry »




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Further On Down The Road

December 15th, 2014

Road-blogLooking for inspiration in some back copies of E-Zee Writer, I came across a great article by Esther Newton called ‘Plan B.’ It’s all about what to do if your dream of becoming the next Ian Fleming or Toni Morrison doesn’t pan out. Obviously, with my history of not finishing fantasy trilogies, it got me thinking, eventually wishing I could go back and have a quiet word with the writer I used to be in the mid-nineties, when the first words of my magnum opus were committed to floppy disc (remember them?) Read the rest of this entry »




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The Places It takes You

November 12th, 2014

lawnmowers-blogA few years ago I wrote the most boring article ever: The History Of The Lawn from Roman times to the present day. But don’t fall asleep just yet, because, though the subject was as dull as ditchwater, putting the article together was a fascinating journey and, at one point, it got really exciting. Read the rest of this entry »




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Think of an Article

October 15th, 2014

question-blogWhat’s so great  about writing articles? Getting paid for them, right? Well … yes. But, let’s be honest, if finance was the sole incentive, most of us wouldn’t be writers at all, would we? I could probably make a better living as a plumber, though I wouldn’t be happy (and I’d still write in my spare time – it helps me think). Read the rest of this entry »




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