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Further On Down The Road

December 15th, 2014

Road-blogLooking for inspiration in some back copies of E-Zee Writer, I came across a great article by Esther Newton called ‘Plan B.’ It’s all about what to do if your dream of becoming the next Ian Fleming or Toni Morrison doesn’t pan out. Obviously, with my history of not finishing fantasy trilogies, it got me thinking, eventually wishing I could go back and have a quiet word with the writer I used to be in the mid-nineties, when the first words of my magnum opus were committed to floppy disc (remember them?) Read the rest of this entry »

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Farewell to a Great Storyteller

September 29th, 2014

Minnie-the-Minx-blogAs far as I’m aware, British children’s comics are unique in the world. Without the glitz of their American counterparts, the depth of French Bandes Dessinés or the complexity of Japanese Manga, they’re a bit like Bread and Butter Pudding or ‘Kiss Me Quick’ hats – you just don’t find them anywhere else. From their pages have come characters like Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril, and the Bash Street Kids. And where some of these have been going since the 1930s (with a few achieving world-wide fame) generally the artists and writers who made them have remained anonymous – unnamed and unknown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ave Atque Vale

April 18th, 2014

First, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. It just goes to show that success breeds success – once you’ve had one book published it’s much easier to get subsequent ones accepted.

I often include information about various competitions in this blog but they are usually for poems or short stories.  Article-writing competitions seem to be few and far between.  Yet producing articles is one of the best places to start your writing career as there are so many markets and such an on-going thirst for content. So I thought I’d remedy the situation by including a couple. Read the rest of this entry »

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You’re never too old…to write!

December 20th, 2013

A couple of years ago I went back to writing. I had only written a little in the past, but not regularly, and I had never had any stories published or entered any competitions. The catalyst for this writing bug was losing my son in 2011, when he was only twenty-seven. I’d read Dawn French’s ‘Dear Fatty’ and loved the way she wrote this autobiography in the style of letter writing. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Writing Pyramid

July 19th, 2013

First, thanks to Karen for last Friday’s blog post. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of writing the kind of children’s stories that you enjoyed when you were a child.

Things move on and it’s a very different world now to what it was 30 years ago (or 50, if you’re a grandparent). I think that in many ways it’s much harder being a child today – the pressures to grow up too fast are so intense. So, it really is essential that you know what children’s lives are like and write for them as they are now. Read the rest of this entry »

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