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Writers Who Inspire

Writers Who Inspire

Lately I have been reading Roald Dahl to my six-year-old son. Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory—they are all as good as I remember. And every time we finish another Roald Dahl classic, I find myself wondering … is it too early for The Witches? I was in Grade 3 when […]

April 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up  (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Insecurity, covered with writhing, glinting scales, is a dragon – a truly frightening creature. But here’s the worst part: the dragon has two heads. The battle against the beast begins the moment you put your fingers to the keyboard with serious intent. Your intent is to be a writer. A writer in the wool-stocking, coffee-gesturing, […]

April 26, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Finding the Courage to Write About My Abusive Marriages

Finding the Courage to Write About My Abusive Marriages

When people think of courage, mountain peaks and raging rivers usually come to mind. But memoir writing can be one of the most courageous acts anyone ever does. I began to write my memoir after years of keeping silent about the abuse in my two marriages – except for writing in my journals. Compulsive journal […]

April 24, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
The Chameleon: How Writing Changed Me

The Chameleon: How Writing Changed Me

I was forty-three years old when I wrote my first novel. It was a game-changer, no question. Not for monetary reasons. Not for “fame.” But for allowing me an outlet where I could finally be me. I’ve led a chameleon’s life, an expert at blending in as circumstances dictate. I graduated from the United States […]

April 20, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
Shakespeare’s Sisters—The Bard’s most accomplished female literary contemporaries

Shakespeare’s Sisters—The Bard’s most accomplished female literary contemporaries

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with worldwide celebrations to mark his legacy. But what about the women? In her iconic essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagines the life of Shakespeare’s brilliant sister Judith, barred from the grammar school because of her sex and forced to hide her […]

April 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Choosing Your Words Carefully

Choosing Your Words Carefully

Have you ever thought of words which excite a ready response in readers? Choice is important, and in cases of dramatic suspense, vital. Perfumes can awaken some nostalgic sense in the mind of the person who is reading the book. It may be the scent of honeysuckle, or the warm sweetish perfume of a byre, […]

April 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

‘Are you going to enrol for a Phd?’ As a longterm author with a varied back list, learning digital skills was a higher priority. ‘No. I’m going to do an e-apprenticeship instead.’ I opted for a digital apprenticeship to revitalize my literary output. Mistake or a significant learning experience? I needed to re-organise my literary […]

April 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing It Forward

Writing It Forward

I remember standing on the corner of a dirt road as a child of eight or nine. I was shielding my eyes from the blistering sun of a South Carolina summer and bouncing on my toes as I strained to hear the engine of the approaching book mobile.  Likely I would have been clutching a […]

April 15, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
How I Came To Write The Bones Of You

How I Came To Write The Bones Of You

During the summer of 2013, as far as writing was concerned, I reached a crossroads.  I’d written and submitted to agents three commercial women’s fiction titles, the last of which was Wildflowers.  I’d had enough positive feedback from some of the agents to keep me writing and Wildflowers had caught the attention of six, all […]

April 13, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Very, quite, really, pretty, a bit, just, fairly, rather, amazingly, almost, nearly, obviously, clearly… such naughty words! Or are they? Placed directly in front of adjectives or adverbs they are a shorthand method of qualifying the meaning of that adverb or adjective. Sometimes they flounce around by themselves only accompanied now and again by a […]

April 12, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More