Category Archives: creative writing

Courage

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”  Mary Anne Radmacher That reminded me of my writing, so I thought I’d pass it on in … Continue reading

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Publishers Open to Submissions

Is 2017 the year you’ll complete your novel/children’s book/picture book…? Start the new year with some positive aspirations: here is a great list from Bookfox, of children’s and young adult publishers (mostly) open to submissions. Well worth a browse. Make 2017 the … Continue reading

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When The Dragons Came To Play

(For Findley – born 19.04.2016)                                                               The dragons came again today. They came in style, as dragons do. I thought they’d come to eat us up, But they just wanted to meet… you. The sky was filled with dragons’ wings And … Continue reading

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Wolf Winter

I am going to put up some fragments of my work over the coming months on a new page. I wrote Wolf Winter as part of my MA portfolio, when my tutor, Nicola Davies, who writes fantastic books about animals and … Continue reading

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How to Write a Bestseller

I’m always on the lookout for good advice that helps us hone our writing skills. I loved this Ted Talk video with literary agent, Jonny Geller, about what makes a bestseller, and what agents/publishers look for in new writers. Think about his comments … Continue reading

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What Waterstones Can Teach Writers

Don’t you just love mavericks? Stephen Heyman writes on slate.com about how Waterstones’ fortunes changed for the better when Alexander Mamut, described by one broadsheet as: “The most powerful Oligarch you have never heard of”, bought Waterstone’s (when it had … Continue reading

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Successful Marketing for Writers

Any writer who wants to see patience and perseverance in action, read this piece by Claire Kirch in Publishers Weekly, on Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. He self-published his children’s book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep about five years ago, in … Continue reading

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