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Monstrous Mistakes and Terrible Typos!

March 23rd, 2012

You’ve done it; you’ve finally completed the last line of your article, short story or assignment. So what do you do next? Print it off and pop it into the post box? Or for e-mail, click send? No, the next step should be to read your work through then you can think about sending it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Keep an open mind

July 14th, 2011

“I’m only going to write fiction. I’m not really interested in non-fiction.”

Did I really say that? Yes, about 15 years ago I did. I was going to be a bestselling novelist, a sizzling short story teller and all round literary star. Well, I’ve not done too badly over the years in the fiction department, but I can see why The Writers Bureau recommends that you begin with non-fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m A Course Junkie!

February 19th, 2010

Two months into 2010 and I’ve done it – something I thought I’d never do. Well, there’s still ten months of the year to go and ample time for me to change my mind, but so far 2010 is the first year since leaving school that I’ve not found myself engrossed in a course of some form or other.

After finishing O’ levels, A’ levels, college etc, I joined a bank on an accelerated training programme. This involved numerous years of tedious and uninspiring banking exams. Though, I have to say, when I first started doing my own books, I wish I’d listened in Accountancy class a little more.

An accident a few years later meant I could no longer carry on working at the bank. That was when I discovered ‘The Writers Bureau’ and returned to a passion from my school days – writing. After I had completed the comprehensive course with great gusto, I enrolled on the journalism course. A further course followed and then I expanded my horizons to take in proof-reading.

Even though I was writing regularly by this time, had a young child to look after and a disability, my brain seemed hell-bent on cramming something into the little creative pocket left. For some strange reason, I decided not to do it by halves this time, but to take on a six-year degree course with the Open University. There were tears, tantrums and times when I wanted to give up, but I finished the course at the end of last year and will graduate with honours in April.

So this year, I’m determined my studying days are over. It’s time to devote myself solely to writing and to finish all those projects floating around in my mind.

Though, someone recently suggested a Masters…

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