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Some You Win, Some You Have To Take It On The Chin

November 17th, 2014

magazines-blogA couple of months ago I wrote a blog about how hard it can be, just getting things finished. At the time, I’d spotted a competition in Writing Magazine for an adult fairy story, and I’d decided to enter. The competition was going to be my deadline, but whether I won or lost, the intention was to keep blogging about the story. I was working on the assumption that, if a piece isn’t successful on its first submission, there’s always somewhere else to send it. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust

November 7th, 2014

Kim-Fleet-author-photo-blogSometimes when I write a story, it’s flat and no matter how much I grind away at the prose, the story just doesn’t come to life. It needs fairy dust: snap and sparkle and an inner glow, and to achieve that, I try some upcycling. Read the rest of this entry »




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Top Five Tips to Structure a Story

October 24th, 2014

Building_Your_StoryIf your plot is what actually happens in your story, then your structure is both its overall shape and the thing that holds it all together. It’s how your story unfolds. It’s also something many writers struggle with. So here are some essential tips, adapted from my new title ‘Building Your Story; a Guide to Structure and Plot’ (Compass Books 2014). Read the rest of this entry »




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A Deadline, a Deadline, My Kingdom For a Deadline.

September 24th, 2014

deadline-blogHow long does it take to write a story? Well … how long have you got? I am SO bad at getting things finished. I’ve even got the first draft of a story about computers taking over domestic life that I wrote long-hand nearly twenty years ago, sat on a shelf in a dusty old notebook. I never proofed it, never worked it up to a second draft, never even got round to typing it into my laptop. It’s still relevant, and still works. So why haven’t I done anything with it? I don’t know. I’ve been busy. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Book Was Better

September 15th, 2014

Book-Better-blogDon’t you envy film directors? They have so many ‘things’  to help tell their stories: costumes, sets, props, special effects, orchestras – a whole arsenal of tools to generate mood, build up tension, put our minds at ease … And what do we writers have? Words. Read the rest of this entry »




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