Validation

Endurance – money can’t buy me love…..

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I was prompted by a forum thread to think about what I was doing this time last year. I was quite shocked to find that I had just finished my PhD and was considering writing a novel! The last fourteen months of my PhD were an uphill struggle with major stress issues. When I embarked […]

Bridget Jones

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll….

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A popular discussion amongst writers is audience. The constant dilemma of who to write for is the subject of many a heated debate and there are two sides to this story. From a genre point of view, the type of book being written must correlate with a responsive, resonating audience. Conversely, the audience demand dictates […]

Feminism

Don’t blame it on love……..

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Still on the subject of writing and storytelling, I (and many other writers) have realised that there is a link between storytelling and psychology. Apart from my own PhD study which I have explained in the last blog, there have been many psychologists that write who have made a strong connection between identity and storytelling. […]

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Too close to home?

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In the wake of NaNoWriMo I felt a little bit of a slump. Now I have a finished novel and like lots of other people, I have a lot of editing to do. The frenetic flow of words produced several unplanned plot twists and extreme situations and even gave the piece an unexpected metaphysical subplot! […]

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I Won NaNoWriMo! What it means to me….

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I won NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month is over for me and my first draft novel is hovering around ninety two thousand words. The experiences of NaNoWriMo, for me, was gruelling as I had work commitments and family issues (as usual) in November. I think that sometimes writers get so bogged down in just getting […]

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Blog goes public! Ta-da!

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Hi Everyone!Until now this has been a private-ish blog because I didn’t tell anyone about it. I decided today that I would tell my writing group friends on WriteWords (the most lovely and supportive people ever) that I have a blog.The reason I didn’t spill the beans before is because I can be a little […]

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Finishing a novel…

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I’ve finished Life: Immaterial. I typed the last sentence this morning and then told everyone I knew. I partly finished it because I was meeting the NaNoWriMo deadline, and partly because I was getting far too involved with my characters again. In fact, I almost called one of my friends by a character’s name the […]

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nanowrimo – month of writing madness

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National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo. I have wanted to take part for ages now, but have never been able to because life got in the way. This year is different. As my time as a writer (author?) passes I am feeling more in tune with spending most of my free time sitting in front of […]

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Month and months of madness and then…..

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It’s all over! A momentous part of my personal life that had been turned upside down over seven years is finally concluded. 3rd November saw a breakthrough in my thinking and now I am ploughing ahead with NaNoWriMo unfettered by my depressed state viz a viz my competency in my personal life. What’s the outcome […]

Books

What an eye opener!

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Well, to cut a long story short, I went to a car boot sale on Sunday and had an epiphany. There I was walking along one of the fifty five isles of cars with their boot open, counting the used foot spa’s people were offering for sale, when I spotted it.There is was, amongst the […]