Tag Archives: Writing

Rollercoaster Rides

It’s a good metaphor: the writing life is full of ups and downs, as well as being occasionally terrifying, sometimes exhilarating, and feeling largely out of control much of the time. This week, I’m delighted to say I’m on a … Continue reading

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A Life Well-Edited

Social media is often lamentedĀ for providing a stream-of-narrative, unexpurgated account of what’s going on in people’s heads (for some reason, people Tweeting what they had for breakfast is the most-often quoted evidence of this). I won’t argue that social media … Continue reading

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Plotting in the rain

It’s the first weekend of the school holidays, so naturally the weather is disgusting. All thoughts of walking along to the castle and enjoying an ice cream in the sun have been shelved. It’s exactly the sort of day to … Continue reading

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A sense of community

When you read this I will be very happily miles away at the RNA’s utterly fabulous summer conference. I will meet friends I haven’t seen for a year and speak more in three days than I do the entire rest … Continue reading

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Who are you writing for?

A meme popped into my Twitter feed the other day: A good writer always thinks about their reader. At first glance that looks like sage wisdom that’s hard to argue with, but my hackles immediately rose. Always? No, I really … Continue reading

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So long as you know what you need to say, the words don’t matter (yet)

I’m in the middle of revising. I enjoy revising. And I hate it. Other writers may feel the same – or differently. *For clarity – revising is what I call the editing done by myself. Editing editing is done in … Continue reading

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Character is King

  I picked up something new to read this week. Well, something old, actually – in a lull between books I grabbed any old something from my bookshelf and started to read. The writing wasn’t the best. Well, no, I’ll … Continue reading

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Seasonal energetic disorder

I love the long days of spring/summer. I’m sure I’m not alone in that, but it’s not so much the sunshine, or watching the flowers come into bloom that makes me smile. It’s the amount of stuff I get done. … Continue reading

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The Fussy Reader

If you’re a writer, you must read. That’s the one piece of advice that’s universal – every writer you meet will tell you that reading widely is key to developing your writing skills. And I completely agree. What you aren’t … Continue reading

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Variety is the spice of life

I have been writing like a demon this week. Deadlines are rushing towards me with the speed (and I fear the impact) of comets, so I have been bum-on-seat to hit word targets, sustained by chocolate when necessary. This approach … Continue reading

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