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Keeping on Keeping On – Writing Through the Horror

This weekend, I took a draft of my next novel with me to some study days, and one of the facilitators read the first page. “Wow,” she said. “I already want to read on, and find out what happens.” I … Continue reading

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Taking it to the Next Level

Taking it to the Next Level Well, this has been a roller-coaster of a week. It started off with a January low, the post-festive energy dipping and the darkness and cold shrinking my world to the daily necessities. After an … Continue reading

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Writing About Islam – Questions about Paris, Art and Freedom

I never expected to be getting into a political cataclysm when I started this harmless blog about my writing, but today I find that only grasping the nettle works in relation to addressing my ongoing writing life. In the light … Continue reading

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Why did I write it?

It started with goosebumps, really, when a friend started talking about her past. At the beginning of our acquaintance, I was polite enough not to comment about the fact that her children had coffee-cream skin, huge brown eyes and dark, … Continue reading

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Why Do We Write?

A body of work – I have one of those. But no publisher, not yet. I have tried, but not enough. So today I am asking the question, why do we write? I have always written because I love it, … Continue reading

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Why First Person?

It’s an escape, really, an escape from one state to another. The character, my character, tells the story in the first person. Why did I choose first person? For the immediacy, for one thing, because it’s first person present tense, … Continue reading

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The Novel

I’m writing a novel. Really, honestly, and this is the problem. I’m a jobbing writer, doing bits and pieces of freelance all over the place to ease the financial strain, but really, really, all I want to do is write … Continue reading

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