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One Thing Leads To Another

September 24th, 2021

Whilst casting around for inspiration, the phrase ‘Everyone has a book in them’ popped into my head. Ah, I thought, that’s just what I need; a bit of positive encouragement; come on, you can do this! Start writing!

But nothing happened. My blank mind stared at an equally blank computer screen. I sat for a while, waiting for ideas – even one idea – to materialise, but the muse was clearly on holiday. I went outside and fed the birds, hung out some washing, made a cup of tea and sat down again at the computer.

Nothing happened.

But ‘Everyone has a book in them’ my brain protested! Who would say such a thing if it weren’t true? Read the rest of this entry »




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Keeping Your Research In Context

May 24th, 2019

Ann Williams was the winner of our student-only Book Review Competition. Below are her tips on how writers can make the most of their research without ‘swamping’ the text with what they’ve uncovered.

 

“Writers, whether in fiction or non-fiction, need to research. The internet has made this so much easier, cutting out trips to the reference library, museums or record offices. Facts can be checked from the comfort of your own home, whenever convenient. However, this easy access to material offers pitfalls of its own.

A simple check for a date, the direction of travel from A to B or the colour of a flower can lead to a mass of information, all of which may be new and fascinating to the writer. It is natural to want to share new-found knowledge but if it is unnecessary for the theme of the article or the flow of the story it needs to be drastically distilled to what is relevant. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Way With Words

November 29th, 2013

First, thanks to Jane for her post on research. At one time writers were told “Write about what you know.” Now, I think “What you know, or what you can find out about” is more appropriate! And it’s never been easier to find the facts and the background information you need or contact an expert for help. Read the rest of this entry »




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Making the Most of your Research

April 29th, 2013

First, thanks to Emily for last week’s blog. I must admit that I don’t know a single writer who can say, hand on heart, that they’ve never had a rejection. Unless, of course, they’ve been offering work for free. If you know different, please let me know! Read the rest of this entry »




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