Category Archives: Writing

They’ll be Burning Books next…

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and particularly important to us writers. But the government in Britain, as elsewhere in the world, is increasingly legislating to restrict this freedom. It began with the idea of making offending someone … Continue reading

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Not Enough Trees…

I moved to the country because I wanted peace,I wanted quiet; I had specific needs.The trouble with the country is there’s not enough trees.Not enough leaves to rustle in the breeze,And mask the sounds of the farm;The roar of machinery, … Continue reading

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The Antidote to International Womens’ Day

On a day when we are asked to consider the disadvantages of being female in the world today, would it be unreasonable of me to point out, for the sake of balance, that in the pandemic currently ravaging the world … Continue reading

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Covid – The Writers’ Dilemma

The not-so-brave new world of pandemic pandemonium we’ve been living through for the last nine months poses a specific problem for those of us writing cotemporaneous novels. What do we do with the new, very restricted ways of living people … Continue reading

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Why you should consider joining the National Secular Society

On Saturday, for the first time, I attended the AGM of the National Secular society. It isn’t easy for me to get down to London, where they ‘re normally held, but this year, because of the pandemic, it was held … Continue reading

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Book Review – ‘You Beneath Your Skin’ by Damyanti Biswas

I first came across Damyanti Biswas through her blog Damyanti Writes, which is full of useful information for aspiring authors, mostly in the form of interviews with industry insiders and published authors. I’ve been following this blog for a few … Continue reading

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Work in Progress…

Writing a novel takes time – lots of time. For me, one of the most difficult things about the lockdown has been hearing about how much time everyone has on their hands. The media (social and otherwise) has been full … Continue reading

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Scrivener Trial

I’ve recently been working on my latest novel again, having put it aside while there were too many other things going on for me to find the time. And I’ve been trying out some writing software. Called Scrivener, it is, … Continue reading

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When is a writer not a Writer?

Answer: when they’re not writing! I’m sad to say that for some time, that’s been me. It’s not writers block – if such a thing exists – just that I had to put my latest novel on hold when other … Continue reading

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Marketing Your Novel

I’ve been through all the stages of publishing my novel, and I’ve done almost everything myself, from editing, to typesetting, to designing a cover. If you haven’t been following, you can read how I did it here: An Idiot’s Guide … Continue reading

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