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Taser Your Writing Muse

by Cindy Tomamichel Writers block is something often mentioned when a group of writers get together. How do you fix it? How do you deal with the menace of the blank page? Has your Muse abandoned you?  Well, firstly writer’s block is just a temporary inability to write. It may feel horrible, ...
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The List

by Anita Belli   I awake full of the joys of spring until I realise it is Monday. I rush to the bathroom and throw up. It goes downhill from there, really. Run to Camden tube. Jump on first train along with hundreds of stressed commuters, then realise: right direction; wrong branch. Change ...

World Building – A Novice’s Guide

by Claire Buss When you set out to write a novel you have an early choice to make. Either the people and the setting are based on real life actualities. Or, and this is definitely more fun, you get to make the whole thing up. And let's face it, that's one ...
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Theo and the Whale

by Mary L Walsh   Theo the cat with the question mark tail Went to sea to see a whale With his question mark tail he could not hide he saw the whale…but from the inside.   Theo the cat with the question mark tail Wandered curiously inside the whale His tail tickled tonsils ‘til out of the whales ...

The Writing Research Rabbit Hole

by Cindy Tomamichel Most writers love to know things, collecting odd fragments of information to craft into a telling scene, or to spark creativity. From old recipes, newspapers, dusty books and odd google searches, the amount of random snippets can overwhelm any writer. For a writer of historical, fantasy or science ...
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Making a Connection

by Lynda Shepherd   “You can't sit indoors all day staring at a screen.” I can hear my son from three houses away; the battle, it appears, rages on. He told me he was tearing his hair out. “All she does is hang about the house, glued to her phone, listening to music or ...

Feeling the Fear and Writing It My Way

by Lynda Shepherd My love of words started in a similar way to many; with my parents reading to me at bedtime. My imagination sparked, I would go on adventures with the Mr Men, Sooty and Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch all without leaving my duvet. I'd been so proud when I received a gold star in primary school ...
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The Blackberry Bush

by Ann Dineen   Stark and still is the slumbering blackberry bush in muted winter A quite custodian of September’s glories stalled secrets stand hushed   Wears no more the patch work cape of frost, that sparkled at the sunrise The flower moon of May came calling, bringing buds in bountiful profusion   A confetti of pale petals ...

NaNo who?

by Claire Buss November means only one thing in the writing community, and it's not Thanksgiving - it's NaNoWriMo! What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and in their own words is both "a website, a community and an ambitious writing challenge". Every year writers sign up to start writing ...