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Thoughts on writing

Fifteen quotes about writing from women writers

‘I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.’ Jane Austen    ‘Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.’ Margaret Atwood   ‘Male writers are thought of as…

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Book Coaching Mentoring
Thoughts on writing

How to get to the end of a first draft

As I approach the end of the first draft of of my new novel, I have been thinking about how and also exactly what it takes to get to an end of a first draft (other than sheer teeth-gritting determination and mountains of coffee).  I find that a lot of new writers have plenty of openings or half completed novels…

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Mentoring Book coaching
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Let’s work on your book

It’s time to take your writing seriously. Writing groups and workshops are great, as is showing your writing to your best friend, mum, cat, but there comes a time when you need to make a decision about how much you want to be a writer and how seriously you are going to take it. I am now offering a mentoring…

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The Riff Riff
News, Thoughts on writing

The Riff Riff Podcast

A few weeks ago I set off for Battersea studios to record a podcast interview with The Riff Raff. The Riff Riff are a writing community founded by Amy Baker and Rosy Edwards. They have a podcast, host live events and even have a mentoring scheme. If you’d like to listen to my writing advice and hear me talking more…

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Writing Crossover Fiction
Thoughts on writing

Writing Crossover Fiction

Writing crossover fiction first appeared on The Literary Sofa.   When I began writing Notes on My Family I wasn’t thinking about whether I was writing a book for adults, or YA fiction, or a crossover novel. I was simply writing a novel. I knew I wanted to write a darkly humorous book about a dysfunctional family living a seemingly…

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