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Never Give Up

July 14th, 2017

Writing is like everything else in life, you have to start somewhere. Just get writing, whether it’s on the computer or a notepad or even the back of an envelope. My best poem was written on the back of one as I was waiting for the breakdown recovery man.

Do you remember when you were at school, on your first day of term teacher asked you to write a story called ‘what I did on my holidays,’ how many of us wrote fiction or non-fiction? Looking through old school books is quite inspirational. Many stories seem to be quite interesting and certainly worth a rewrite and bringing up to date. Read the rest of this entry »




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July 24th, 2015

National-Literacy-Trust-blogFirst, thanks to Simon for last week’s blog. I really like the idea of ‘Demented Optimism’ – as a writer I don’t think you ever get anywhere unless you believe in yourself and your creations. Such optimism may be demented, but it’s essential!

I read an article recently in the Sunday Times Magazine. It was about a man called Denis Pethebridge – and his 30 years of literary failure! In a leather-bound scrap book he had amassed 338 rejection letters. Starting in 1937 he had sent out articles, stories and novels to just about every newspaper, magazine, agent and publisher in the UK…and had rejections from them all. But did that stop him? No. By 1967 he was planning to start a new volume of rejection letters because the first was overflowing. Apparently he eventually self-published a novel in 1996 at the age of 77 and went on to live until he was 94. In his case optimism, however unfounded, was no detriment to his health. You’ve got to have staying power if you really want to be a writer, and not let rejection get you down. Read the rest of this entry »




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