Category Archives: Writing

Why did I write it?

It started with goosebumps, really, when a friend started talking about her past. At the beginning of our acquaintance, I was polite enough not to comment about the fact that her children had coffee-cream skin, huge brown eyes and dark, … Continue reading

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Finding an Agent

Given what I’ve said previously about the difficulties associated with getting published in this celebrity-dominated world, perhaps it’s right that today’s post is about trying to get an agent. Ah, the elusive agent, the powerful, the nebulous, the important, the … Continue reading

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Why Do We Write?

A body of work – I have one of those. But no publisher, not yet. I have tried, but not enough. So today I am asking the question, why do we write? I have always written because I love it, … Continue reading

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Plot. So What?

Plot? Does it matter – this is the endless debate. When I started the book, I didn’t think about plot – not at all. Because the story arc was already in existence, I simply thought of it as a chronological … Continue reading

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Why First Person?

It’s an escape, really, an escape from one state to another. The character, my character, tells the story in the first person. Why did I choose first person? For the immediacy, for one thing, because it’s first person present tense, … Continue reading

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The Pen and the Page

So going back to the beginning. I had a set of notes and recordings from my source, and then I set about thinking myself into this character. This was when I started making the story my own, because from the … Continue reading

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The Novel

I’m writing a novel. Really, honestly, and this is the problem. I’m a jobbing writer, doing bits and pieces of freelance all over the place to ease the financial strain, but really, really, all I want to do is write … Continue reading

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The Study

  The study is not really mine, as it has the spill over of other people in it – and other functions. It doubles as a music room. But it’s my space. It’s crammed with books – on the walls, … Continue reading

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The Beginning

A very clever and erudite man said to me recently, ‘Julie Andrews was wrong’. But sometimes, it’s ok to disagree. It starts with a sudden light in the darkness, the opening of a door, a window, an aperture into a … Continue reading

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