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Taking Inspiration from Famous Writers

Earlier this week I read a fascinating article about Ian Fleming’s wartime mistress Maud Russell, a fashionable society hostess, who was seventeen years his senior.  The bulk of the article is made up of excerpts from her personal diary, which was written during WW II; and one of the things that struck a chord with me is how often she mentions that Fleming is tired.  At the time Fleming worked for the Admiralty in the Intelligence Corp, was involved in a multitude of meetings with top-rank officials and undoubtedly feeling the pressures of war. Russell writes of Fleming, ‘He is...

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Wild Wednesday – Swan on Frensham Little Pond

I quite often visit Frensham Little Pond to photograph the wildlife and mull over the plot of my current novel in progress, Murder in the Meadow. One day the two guys I was with helped out by enacting a car chase scene, each one being a car and running along the track then bumping into each other to work out how the cars would move and what might happen. Passers-by thought we were totally bonkers as we argued, discussed and got quite heated over the details. “It’s okay, she’s a writer!” they explained, which resulted in smiles and various pleasant...

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Short Story Success

As a writer it’s easy to get into the doldrums and believe that your work simply isn’t good enough to stand out amongst the crowd. If you have a book out there it’s uplifting to receive a five star review because it affirms that what you’ve written is readable and enjoyable. Your work gave someone pleasure, so much so that they took the time to reward you. When your readers are busy reading and not feeling like pressing the ‘rate this book’ button, then you need to explore other roads for encouragement. This is why I tried my hand at...

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How a negative critique can provide useful feedback

After last week’s rant about negative and unhelpful feedback on creative writing, I thought I’d show you how to mine for diamonds in amongst the dross. In my critique group we read our work to each other, and this is the format that many creating writing groups choose because it’s interactive and offers an opportunity for constructive discussion. Group Dynamics: the Soul of Critique Every writer is respected no matter what their level of expertise Every project has worth. Every reader’s opinion is valid. Critique techniques will: Help the author distinguish what was conveyed versus what was meant Find strengths...

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Why I’ve been AWOL

I’ve been absent without leave and I expect you’ve been wondering why. In short, my website fell to bits! You see, the thing is, I’m a writer, and all of the writing experts constantly remind me that as a writer I need to hone my world-building skills. World-building sounds rather grand but what they’re referring to is my ability to create a sense of place within my stories. Where does the action happen? In a city with bright lights, in a mystical garden inhabited by white unicorns or a futuristic landscape with two moons shining throughout the night? I need...

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Why I’m giving away FREE books

Am I feeling generous? Am I feeling altruistic? Probably a bit of both, but I’m also giving away my two novels as free Kindle Downloads so that I can reach out to you as a potential reader. Let’s face it, if you’ve never heard of me and never read any of my work, then why should you wish to risk your hard earned cash? The days of leisurely browsing in a bookstore are fast fading. They certainly are where I live. We’ve got a Waterstones bookstore in Guildford, some eight miles away, and a Smiths stationers and a Waterstones in...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 5

The fifth and final part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question: “What lessons did you learn writing this series that you’ll take with you into the rest of your writing career?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: What lessons did you learn writing this series that you'll take with you into the rest of your writing career? . – A: I worked alongside an American editor, who is well versed in British English. What I learnt from her is that not all people speak, or write, English in the same...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 4

The fourth part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question: “What challenges have you faced writing the Jake Talbot series and how have you overcome them?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: What challenges have you faced writing the Jake Talbot series and how have you overcome them? . – A: I think one of my biggest challenges came when writing Visiting Lilly and needing to get the time-line accurate. I wasn’t writing flashbacks, but people in the story do constantly refer to the past and how old various people were...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 3

The third part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question : “In the summary of Visiting Lilly it mentions time travel as a possibility. What kind of world does this take place in?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: In the summary of Visiting Lilly it mentions time travel as a possibility. What kind of world does this take place in? . – A: Visiting Lilly take place in England in the present time, our time. Personally, I don’t classify it as science fiction; I see it more as exploring the...