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Gone In A Flash

March 16th, 2018

I don’t consider myself to be a ‘flasher.’ In fact, when I first heard the words ‘flash fiction’, I didn’t know what was meant. I’d seen something (on Twitter probably) called ‘Bath Flash’ and thought it was a cleaning product rather than a writing competition. But I was intrigued. I wanted to know what it was.

I discovered flash fiction is stories under 1000 words. It goes smaller. Some flash says 500 words or less, other flash hovers around the 300-word mark. Then there are Drabbles: 100 words or less. Some micro-fiction goes further. Whatever the miniscule word count, I was struck by the challenge of writing a complete story in so few words and thought I’d give it a go. Read the rest of this entry »




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What On Earth Is Fan Fiction?

October 29th, 2014

Ellie-woodelf-blogAs a parent, one thing I really like about having kids is the way they introduce us to new stuff: Japanese Animé, Minecraft, Steampunk … they’re all great. Recently though, I’ve been having a disagreement with our twelve year old daughter. The only thing she wants to do is sit with her headphones on all day, iPod in hand, trawling through Youtube videos.

“What rubbish are you watching?” I asked her the other day. And she showed me. She wasn’t watching anything. She was reading – Fan fiction. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing for Fiction Feast

July 21st, 2014

Hello All!

If you’re a fiction writer and you’re more in to short stories than novels, it can be difficult to know where to start when you’re looking for markets for your work. Take a Break’s “Fiction Feast” is a great place to get started, and we have a really helpful article from one of their regular contributors, Linda Lewis!

Writing for Take a Break Fiction Feast

Have a great week!




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Which is Better – Fiction or Non-Fiction?

February 5th, 2014

We often get asked whether it’s better to start writing with fiction or non-fiction. Well, the answer is, it depends on what you want to achieve with your writing. Read the rest of this entry »




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Creative Non-Fiction

October 21st, 2013

Hello All,

This week we’ve got a treat for you – a full article from Simon Whaley on Creative Non-Fiction. So, grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »




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