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Alternative Thoughts; Murder Your Darlings

Last week I posted on my personal belief that words should be carefully selected and that much thought should be given as to exactly where they are placed in your prose.

In a remarkable coincidence, just as the post was published, Ron Parnell from The Easy Way to Write sent me a newsletter stating that you [...]

Sunday Wash-Up 31st May

Welcome to the fifth Sunday Wash-Up. For all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, this post is for you.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if they had elegant plumage, [...]

Flabby or Plump; Can You Cut Too Deep?

What do you do when a master and a leader in the field give you good information that you just cannot accept?

This week I received some conflicting information that has had me pondering on the basic question of ‘am I prepared to write like that?’.

Very early on in the week I read a post by [...]

Sunday Wash-Up 24th May

Welcome to the forth Sunday Wash-Up. For all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, this post is for you.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if they had elegant plumage, [...]

Emotion; The Writer's Sixth Sense

Why would I describe my heavy oak chair as obstinate?

After all how can an inanimate object be obstinate?
Yet I believe you all know why. It is heavy, dark, difficult to move and unyielding. I feel it is obstinate, of course it isn’t, it is only a chair.
The other week Natalie Allan popped a post up [...]

25 Ways To Buzz A Fellow Author: Guest post by Rowena Cherry

My grandmother on the distaff side used to say, “If you’ve nothing nice to say, don’t say anything…” Switch “nice” for “helpful” and you have my current philosophy.

I’ve recently been invited to become a contributing member of the blog “1st Turning Point“, which got me thinking about what I have to offer (or pay forward), [...]

Sunday Wash-Up 17th May

Welcome to the third Sunday Wash-Up. For all writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, this post is for you.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if they had elegant plumage, then [...]

37 Tips on How to Stop Procrastination

Despite reading about and now knowing all about why we procrastinate, we still do it.

OK, so in order to break this habit maybe you need just a little help?

In my previous post on procrastination I laboured the point that we are programmed to procrastinate. I also made the point that every time we do, [...]

Recycling Old Plots

“Go out and steal” these words are hiding in one of the books about writing that line my bookshelves. I wish I could find them again as I would like to give the author some credit here.
Just last week I had one of those wondrous moments, where suddenly something becomes clear. And it is all [...]

Sunday Wash-Up 10th May

Welcome to the second Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net.

Just like last week’s Sunday Wash-Up, this is a collection of writing based links that attracted my attention during the week. All neatly listed for you to [...]