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Writing in the Flow by Melissa Unger

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

Writing in the Flow by Melissa Unger In September of 2004, while on a walk around Paris, a single sentence popped into my head: Peter never ate. Insistent, it kept coming back again and again, in an effort to dissipate it; I put it to paper. The three words called out to me from the

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Voice and Point of View by Carolyn Mathews

Jul 29th, 2017 | By

So you’re sitting at your desk planning your novel. You know roughly what happens at the beginning and end and you’ll cross the bridge spanning the middle when the time comes. You know the sex, age and occupation of your main character and the challenges he or she will have to face. At certain intervals

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Choose your definition by Marie Yates

Jul 15th, 2017 | By

Working with young, and not-so-young people who have experienced the worst that life has to throw at them continues to take me on a fascinating journey. Learning from people who have quite literally turned their lives around is a privilege and has led me to question why some people choose to forge ahead while others

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Who is Tripping you up? Meeting your inner Figures by Judy Hall

Jun 28th, 2017 | By

Your creativity may well be affected by a figure that lives inside you and of whom you are probably not even aware – except when you hear its nagging voice and feel its fearful vibes. An inner saboteur, for instance, subtly obstructs your purpose or trips you up, an inner critic constantly criticises and tells

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Desiring Dragons – Defining Fantasy by Kevan Manwaring

Jun 12th, 2017 | By

‘This is a regrettably true tale such as no correct thinking person ought to regard seriously.’ James Branch Cabell   To define something as nebulous as Fantasy is to perhaps attempt an impossible task – the kind of thing a hapless heroine will be forced to undertake in a fairy tale: to sort rice grains

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An Introduction to Poetry by Jay Ramsay

May 30th, 2017 | By

Poetry is an impulse as old as the human spirit: as old as language itself. We find it deep in time; in Isiah, Homer, St John, Corinthians (in the Bible), Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe – in writing and in names which have become myth and which have entered the stream of memory of our heritage and

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TEN TIPS TO BEING DISCOVERED AS AN AUTHOR by Julie Day

May 14th, 2017 | By

I have been an indie author of adult and children’s ebooks since November 2011, have published eleven short ebooks/stories, and in that time I have realised that the best way to be found as an author is discoverability. There are lots of ways in the wonderful world of the internet to be discovered, but here

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Reviewing the Situation by Suzanne Ruthven

Apr 30th, 2017 | By

Suzanne Ruthven, author, commissioning editor, tutor, publisher, ghostwriter … but not a literary critic. “Reviewing has one advantage over suicide: in suicide you take it out on yourself; in reviewing you take it out on other people.” George Bernard Shaw New authors often ask the question: How do you cope with bad reviews? The answer is:

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Online Marketing for Authors by Susie Kearley

Apr 18th, 2017 | By

Every serious writer needs a website to showcase their work. If you don’t already have one, there are many free sites offering you the tools to build your own, and get your own URL, often free of charge. A website doesn’t have to be expensive or onerous. A simple site will do to get you

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Gossip and Fiction by Colin Bullman

Mar 30th, 2017 | By

There are many good reasons for reading D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and one of the less recognised reasons is for the comments Lawrence makes about the writing of fiction and characterisation in particular. The reason for this neglect, of course, is that the novel was censored for so-called obscenity for more than 30

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