Category Archives: inspiration

the vital spark that starts things off – or gets one out of tricky situations

Three gifts

Thanks to a laptop problem and other unavoidable domestic and personal circumstances I am treating myself to a brief reading vacation. This has two serious aims: To identify examples of modern historical fiction (including historical romance) that align with my … Continue reading

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On writing only what you know

The best way to end up with something dead on the page? Write only what you know. Continue reading

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Accepting the inevitable

I’ve now accepted the inevitable. I’m writing a love story. Continue reading

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Why Journey’s End didn’t make me cry

The one thing I think I feared was that Journey’s End would be given the Blackadder treatment. Continue reading

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In praise of … iThoughts

iThoughts: intuitive, adaptable – and the pleasing graphics, ┬ácolours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit ­čśë Continue reading

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A garden by the sea

I visited Chygurno in May 2015. It’s a privately-owned garden – no tea shop, no toilets – just an honesty box in the porch and a homemade information board. I paid my money, read the history and wandered alone along … Continue reading

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Five books (written during or soon after the Great War)

An irregular series of highlighting the resources which particular inspire or inform my writing. I read a lot of books written around the time of the Great War. There is absolutely no better way to immerse oneself in the language … Continue reading

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The awful attraction of war

I’ve had this quote on a virtual sticky note on my MacBook for several months and I want to tidy it away. It’s taken from a piece in the London Review of Books several years back on┬áPat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy … Continue reading

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Three books (that bring the early 20th century to life)

Unrequited love and political intrigue; resources which inspire or inform my writing. Continue reading

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Inspiration strikes (but how? and why?)

This time last week, I was in Spain, staying in a small hotel in Grenada. The room was tiny, the floor space almost filled with bed, miniature┬áchair, spindly bedside table, and odd piece of furniture made up of many┬átiny drawers … Continue reading

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