Category Archives: The Writing Process

Making it happen. Basically, sitting down and writing.

Beauty and the Beast

View this post on Instagram Another unexpected literary inspiration – and evocative image – for my story; the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, first published in 1740 (as La Belle … Continue reading

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#100 Days of Writing

View this post on Instagram Top left to bottom right: Days 1-9 of #100daysofwriting #amwriting #autumncolours🍂🍁 #writingcommunity💯✍🏻 A post shared by Hannah Hulme Hunter (@hannahonbrillhill) on Sep 28, 2018 at 10:41am PDT

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War (research review)

View this post on Instagram I do like audio books! I remember information according to where I was when I heard it – certain roundabouts or stretches of motorway – so things do tend to stick. The ideal medium, in … Continue reading

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#100 Days of Writing

View this post on Instagram Today I start the #100daysofwriting challenge – with a particular remit. I write full time (I’m so lucky!) and my days are usually a nice balance between writing and all the other stuff of a … Continue reading

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The Hidden Machinery (research review)

View this post on Instagram The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey (2017) makes me feel like a writer. Why? Because when I read it I am filled with a sense of recognition: I recognise the peculiar writery … Continue reading

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The honest editor and cognitive bias

In a previous life, I facilitated training sessions on managing obstetric emergencies; clinical skills, teamwork, leadership, decision-making and so on. One of the features of effective decision-making is the awareness of cognitive biases and so we discussed the problems that … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing Sex (research review)

View this post on Instagram I read The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers by Elizabeth Benedict (revised edition 2001) on Kindle, which may accounts for the boring cover image. Sorry about that – and apologies also … Continue reading

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Becoming a writer

I believe I have mentioned my bruising editorial review of The White Lady? It took me nearly three weeks to pluck up courage to read the review properly (my initial reading was a watching-from-behind-the-sofa sort of affair in which I … Continue reading

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Testament of Mary (reading-as-a-writer 9)

View this post on Instagram I had to read Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin (2012) twice; the first time to get to the end of a gripping story, the second time to read the words. In between sittings, I … Continue reading

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Babes in the Wood

View this post on Instagram My writer’s mind is very weird and wonderful. I’ve been struggling to define a key relationship in my book between two young and very frightened people in the midst of war and the phrase “babes … Continue reading

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