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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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Getting started with beta readers

If a friend offers to read your book, smile sadly and explain at length what an onerous and tedious task this would be. 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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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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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 … 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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