Category Archives: the writing process

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Best left unsaid?

A skilful writer can leave much unsaid – because she trusts her reader. Continue reading

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The writer’s task

It is the writer’s job to deal with ambiguity, shades of grey, and the general messiness of life. Continue reading

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Less is more

My original aim was to write a feminist social history of early 20th century England focusing on the contribution of militant suffragists with additional modules on rural deprivation, mental illness, and temperate climate horticultural. 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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Farewell Facebook

How do I quiet the anxious worm that distracts me from the discipline of writing? Continue reading

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Running out of Life

I am already well over twenty years past the average age at which most writers are first published. Continue reading

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Aristotle, Cinderella, and the Three Act Structure

The Three Act Structure is one of those writery rules we should know – even if we’re going to be terrible brave and alternative and break it. Continue reading

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In praise of … Focus

Focus costs less than the proverbial cup of coffee and does nothing much more than count down 25 minutes to a background of ticking clocks or café babble – but it’s brilliant. Continue reading

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Raising the stakes

I’ve become a teeny-weeny bit wary of writing exercises because they can so easily become yet another excuse not to actually write. But there are exceptions! Continue reading

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No, it’s not easy!

ar that I have “lost it”. I gaze into space, go for runs, tidy kitchen drawers – anything some days rather than write! Continue reading

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