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In Times Like These…

June 26th, 2020

First, thanks to Phil for last week’s post. Personally, I found it fascinating and I think he’s absolutely right when he says: “With memoir you need to dig deep and build your story on a foundation of truth and openness”. That is exactly what you have to do if those about whom you are writing as part of your own history are still alive. You don’t want to hurt people but you have to be true to yourself.

If this post has whetted your appetite for writing your own memoir, then we have just the course for you. It’s very flexible and allows you to have feedback on your personal writing rather than having to do set assignments. But if you are already working on a memoir, then you might want to consider submitting it to the same competition that Phil entered – the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition. It’s currently closed but should be opening for the next round shortly; so keep checking their website. Read the rest of this entry »




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If you want to be a writer…read!

July 11th, 2014

First, thanks to Esther for last Friday’s post – and the great advice about ‘up-cycling’ (not sure if I like that word) your writing.  Don’t just delete stuff. You might not be able to use it in its current form but you could cannibalise it for a plot, a title or a theme.

But, as our annual short story comes to an end and we send the entries off to the adjudicator, could I make a plea for people not to enter the same story year after year.  I recognised quite a few from last year; and if they didn’t win then, they’re highly unlikely to win this year.  Send them off to a different competition or re-cycle them, otherwise you’re just wasting your money. Read the rest of this entry »




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Autobiographies and Memoirs – Should you Write One?

April 9th, 2014

I do love a good old poke around in someone else’s life – I’m just too nosy for my own good sometimes. And it seems a huge amount of people agree with me. So, being able to delve, legitimately, not stalker style, into other people’s lives is just great. Read the rest of this entry »




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Stop Worrying about those New Year Resolutions

January 10th, 2014

Since coming back to work last week I’ve got a bit tired of reading articles on resolutions and goal setting for the New Year. So, ’I’ve only made one resolution this year but I hope it will cover just about every aspect of my life – I’m going to worry less! I even went to the library and took out one of their ‘Books on Prescription’ about how to stop yourself from worrying. And surprisingly enough, you didn’t need a prescription to borrow it – or the shelf-full of other self-help books that were listed under the same heading. Later in the year I’ll let you know how I’m going on… Read the rest of this entry »




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