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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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A Subaltern’s War (research review)

View this post on Instagram A Subaltern’s War by Charles Edmonds (CE Carrington) is one of my favourite soldiers’ accounts of the #GreatWar. As the author explains in the preface to my 1984 edition, he wrote the book (based contemporary … 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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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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A Whole Life (reading-as-a-writer 8)

View this post on Instagram I really don’t want to write about A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (trans. Charlotte Collins 2015). I’m afraid I won’t do justice to it – or that thinking too hard about this exquisite book … Continue reading

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Brooklyn (reading-as-a-writer 6)

View this post on Instagram I didn’t want to read Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín because 1950s, small-town, Irish emigre, coming-of-age stories are really not my thing. (Plus, although I loved the clothes I found the film pretty insipid.) Then a … 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,  colours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit 😉 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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Question time

Writing your Bestseller by Bernard Cornwell, Historical Novel Society (1997!) I seem to get something new out of this article every time I come across it on Twitter. Today, I focused in on Cornwall’s advice on story-telling: Every good story … Continue reading

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