Online CollegesI was absolutely delighted - in the midst of our move - to hear that I've been shortlisted for a Top Writing Blog Award by eCollegeFinder! It's such and honour especially as this is the first time the site has invited the public to vote for The Best Writing Blog.eCollegeFinder, which … [Read more...]
On writing and working
I met some-one today who described his neighbour like this: 'Oh, I don't think she works - I doubt she's ever worked - she told me she writes, you know...'Yes, I thought to myself, I do know.Just at this moment there are builders in the house who find it incredibly difficult to understand that their … [Read more...]
England’s Lane Books gets busy!
Tessa Hadley at England's Lane Books on 21st AprilWe have so many events lined up at the book shop in London in May that I thought I'd share some of the excitement with you as I can hardly believe the quality of the writers we are going to be hosting.Only last week we had one of my very … [Read more...]
The London Train by Tessa Hadley
I've spent many hours on the train between the West Country and London, so the title of this book immediately spoke to me. I'm also a great fan of Tessa Hadley and her neat writing style; of her slow but determined narrative where an extraordinary story emerges from perfectly ordinary circumstances … [Read more...]
I need to get back to my writing. With Christmas, and the family birthdays, New Year's celebrations and all, I've been slacking. A friend noted how the Novel Progress Bar (right) hasn't moved in several weeks. (A good friend who knows me very well).It's January; it's time to knuckle down to some … [Read more...]
It’s all just a game of battleship
Image from Google imagesI do sometimes wonder if I should give up this writing lark. I keep asking myself if I'll ever get published (properly I mean - I'm not counting anthologies). What's the point in trying to become a better writer and constantly sharpening your pencil, writing manuscript after … [Read more...]
She was telling my whole life with her song
I admit it's a bit of a stretch from this clip - one of my favourite songs - to this post, but listening to Marika Cobbold discuss how to write romantic comedy with her fellow novelist Amanda Craig at the Ham and High Literary Festival on Tuesday made me realise the story of How … [Read more...]
To MA or not to MA?
I've often been asked by other bloggers on Twitter what I thought of the MA in Creative Writing I took a few years ago. I penned a few words in reply, but not being able to exceed 140 characters became a bit of a challenge even to such a Twitter Tart as myself. So I decided to write a blog about … [Read more...]
Due to Popular Demand….
Since I wrote the last episode of How I Came to be in England I've had lots of requests to carry on the story. I even had a Bring Back How I Came to be in England hash tag created on Twitter. (Fame at last!)I was reluctant because the story had moved to the UK and … [Read more...]
Am I in love with writing or is writing in love with me?
Writing a novel is like a love affair. When at first you get the idea for a novel you are attracted, not able to think about anything else, but still only partly seduced by the plot. Then you start to be obsessed with the characters and worry whether you can carry the idea through to the end. You do … [Read more...]
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