Writing about writing again – the revenge of the main character

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Having just embarked on a brand new novel with a fizzy main character who is, hopefully, sympathetic, I was ploughing ahead with my new storyline. Happily skipping down the pages with Clementine and quite enjoying the lightness of it all. It was short lived. Even as I wrote the words ‘pina colada’ and ‘boyfriend’ in […]

Identity, Women and Health: a new perspective to be published

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I received an email yesterday telling me that my book will be published. It was a defining moment in my life, for deeper reasons that the buzz of ‘being published’. About twelve years ago I wrote a book about the experiences of women who had endured domestic violence. I prepared a proposal and three chapters […]

Writing relationship conflict – Darling, Is this Love?

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The violets explode inside me When I meet your eyes Then I’m spinning And I’m diving Like a cloud Of starlings Darling, Is this love? This lyric from the opening track, Starlings, of the Mercury prize winning Elbow album, The Seldom Seen Kid, is the perfect description of romantic love for me. Lyrics have always […]

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 […]