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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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Living and Writing Abroad

May 22nd, 2015

Kerry.blogLiving in France can sound like a dream come true to Francophiles living in the UK, but when you’re a budding writer it can sometimes feel like you’re living in exile.

How I envy those bloggers who wax lyrical about their writing groups and litfests, not to mention book signings. When my French friends show an interest in my writing very few are able to read it let alone provide a critique.

The current trend for Indie publishing is also out of my grasp as I can hardly nip over the channel in my spare time to actively promote my book in local bookshops. Looking for an agent is just as difficult as it would be if I were back in Blighty, but at least comprehensive lists can be found on the internet.

Speaking of the world wide web, this is my lifeline, it keeps me abreast of changes in the publishing world and allows me to pester my faithful readers back home with dozens of rewrites! Even finding an editor for my first full length manuscript proved a simple task, again with the help of my trusty laptop, and whilst the editing process taught me a lot, I can’t help thinking it would have been so much more fulfilling to learn this face to face or in a writer’s circle. Writing is by definition a solitary pursuit, but how I crave the contact with like-minded souls! Read the rest of this entry »




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You Can’t Beat A Good Read!

March 27th, 2015

73.Eleanor-Catton-blogsAs usual, thanks to Louise for last Friday’s post. I know that she’s probably luckier than most of us when it comes to being in a position to soak up inspiration. I somehow imagine that being aboard a boat moored near Rome must be so much more conducive to writing than living in rainy Rochdale (sorry, Rochdale, no offence intended).

But I suspect I might be wrong. It’s more about the way you look at life and your surroundings than where you actually live. And this was the point that Louise got across so well. Even a trip to the laundrette or Tescos can provide inspiration if you keep your mind open and receptive at all times.

And talking about a bit of inspiration that you might not have considered as a writer, Prima magazine has a great section online entitled All About You that includes a Book Club. You can listen to Jane Green’s advice on getting your book published; Lucy Diamond talking about how to start writing your first novel and then finding a publisher; Karen Swan discussing the process of writing a novel and Joanna Reed offers tips that any aspiring author will find helpful. Read the rest of this entry »




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Nurture Your Gothic Imagination!

October 3rd, 2014

grim-reaperFirst, thanks to Kathryn for last Friday’s blog post. I hope it gave you a little bit of a nudge. Many writers are natural introverts. They’re also often shy about showing their work to others at the beginning of their career – frightened that those close to them will be too kind to be constructive and others may provide harsh, confidence-sapping feedback. Read the rest of this entry »




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