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The Scariest Moments in a Writer’s Life

The Scariest Moments in a Writer’s Life

Vampires? Witches? Ghouls? Yes, they’re Halloween scary (maybe), but they’ve got nothing on the spookiest moments from a writer’s life. All writers can list at least three things that can send us screeching and cowering under our bed covers. I’ll tell you mine (including my fright-busting fixes), if you tell us yours. 1. Eeeek! The […]

October 29, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Procrastination

Procrastination

I’m just over halfway through writing my novel and the whole process reminds me of the one time I went on a diet. I started it on the Monday morning, which is of course the Law of Diets, and by Tuesday lunchtime I was feeling a little bit thinner and very virtuous. Look at me, […]

October 27, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
The Forgotten Women of the War in the East

The Forgotten Women of the War in the East

Isabel Wolff’s latest novel, Ghostwritten, is a poignant story about a Dutch girl and her family struggling to survive in a Japanese internment camp on Java. Isabel tells  WWWB what drew her to this neglected part of World War 2 history. I’ve always had a fascination for the Pacific War. It began at 8, when […]

October 25, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Journalism and Fiction Writing

Journalism and Fiction Writing

Journalism and fiction writing are often seen as two very different beasts, but my years spent as a journalist have, without a doubt, informed my fiction writing, mostly for the better. As a journalist you quickly learn how to grab your reader from the very first sentence, after which you slowly unspool your tale, dropping […]

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Is It Chick Lit? Is It Not Chick Lit? What Do We Call It?

Is It Chick Lit? Is It Not Chick Lit? What Do We Call It?

In The Writer on Her Work, Vol. 1, an essay collection edited by Janet Sternburg and published in 1980, Mary Gordon writes, “I have been told by male but not by female critics that my work was ‘exquisite,’ ‘lovely,’ ‘like a watercolor.’ They, of course, were painting in oils. They were doing important work.” Three […]

October 20, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz, born in Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter and has lived in Manchester since she was nine.  Her books have been published in numerous countries and translated into various languages. We asked her if she could tell us about her latest research for her novel based in Morocco. Apart from journalism, research […]

October 18, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell is an actress and well loved CBeebies presenter and one of the few visibly disabled presenters on television.  She wrote a wonderful piece for us last year (read it here) and we’re delighted to feature her again! Before I had my daughter, writing was a love which wove in and out of my […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Louisa Treger’s biographical novel about Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf,  intrigues. Who was Dorothy Richardson? These days, Dorothy Richardson is a name few are familiar with; her work is overshadowed by that of her more famous peer, Virginia Woolf. Yet in her time, Dorothy was something of a cult figure. She was hailed as […]

October 14, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
You Are Not Unique

You Are Not Unique

My love of writing didn’t come to light until I actually sat down and did it formally. It wasn’t until a topic stirred me with such intensity that it made me realize that maybe it was worth sharing with the world. Once I put my proverbial pen down to rest, and sat back to admire […]

October 5, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
From Journalist to Children’s Author

From Journalist to Children’s Author

It’s a funny thing, the permanency of a book. In the past month or so, I’ve been lucky enough to hold in my hands a book that I wrote – Celia and Nonna, illustrated by Kayleen West. Lucky, because over the past few years an element of Powerball lottery has crept into the traditional publishing […]

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