Tagged: writing

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Why distinguish?

Not long ago I had a discussion with a printer who told me one of my authors had said they were an indie author. The publisher took this to mean the author was self-published....

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Inside the mind of a crime writer

On 30 August 2017, I attended an evening with Tess Gerritsen of Rizzoli and Isles fame. Having watched most of the series, before my recent phase of not watching television, I was intrigued to...

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The joy of language

Language is a funny thing – it’s fluid, it appears to be constant but the use and meanings of words change. When we arrived in the UK from South Africa, we quickly learnt to...

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Prologues

Prologues: what are they and how did they originate? Some more on prologues. A very useful post. Why not to have a prologue. Thanks Pablo for the image

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Drafts – how tedious

Every author I speak to complains about rewrites and working through drafts. My author self does too, although to be honest, it can sometimes be quite a cathartic process – but that might be...

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The author’s journey

David Vann on becoming a writer and how he does it. Adam Rabinowitz explains his writing process. In Heaven’s Rage, Leslie Tate explores the aspects of writing and the creative process. He shares more...

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Displacement Therapy aka Procrastination

Displacement Therapy is one of my favourite pastimes. You might know it better as procrastination but that sounds such a negative word. Writers and students both suffer from this affliction as explained by BlondeWriteMore....

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Dangling Participles

A reviewer recently contacted me to tell me that his review would be slightly delayed as he had spotted a dangling participle and a significant other in his life just would not let him...

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Handwriting

23 January is #nationalhandwritingday I am really grateful to my school history teacher (we had the same amazing woman for 5 years) who taught us to write an A4 page in 10 minutes. She...

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Reading and Children

Without writers, there wouldn’t be books to read to children – your own or others. Watching their reactions to what they hear and later hearing them retell the story can be wonderful and a...