Category Archives: Writing

Be A Writer – Part One: Ten Home Truths

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway I’ve been meaning to blog on writing for a while, because it’s something I get asked about a lot, via email and … Continue reading

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“Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.” Alberto Manguel When you become a published author, you very quickly get used to readers interpreting what you write in a way that is not what you … Continue reading

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Today I had the strange but lovely experience of having to read my own book. When you get to the proofs stage, you are in the last bit of the book writing process. This is the proof, if you like, … Continue reading

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What Does Good Writing Look Like?

The question “what does good writing look like?” is a really important one, especially if you make your living as a writer, like I do. If you wanted to, you could phrase this question differently, and ask “what makes one … Continue reading

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Voice of a Child

“Smiling slightly, she peeked through the H2O sign; she had a faint Mona Lisa smile.” Fronted adverbial + comma + pronoun + verb + adverb + noun + semi-colon + pronoun + verb + adjective + proper noun + noun … Continue reading

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There are 604,800 seconds in a week. During term times, children spend around 117,000 seconds a week in school. In theory homework might use up another 18,000 seconds each week. If they sleep for 8 hours a night, that uses … Continue reading

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Bite your Tongue

As the title of my best selling book* amply demonstrates, one way to get people to notice your stuff is to say something rude. I think it’s fair to say that there is more to my book than the title, … Continue reading

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