Category Archives: ideas

Naming Characters – Wednesday Writing Spot

For this week’s Wednesday Writing Spot – sorry there hasn’t been one for a while – I would like to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Kath McGurl, who many of you will know from her fabulous Womag blog. … Continue reading


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Writing for The Friend

Last week I was lucky enough to listen to a talk – as well as have a chat with – Shirley Blair, Fiction ed of The People’s Friend.  Fascinating stuff.  Here are ten things you may or may not know … Continue reading


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Ideas – a poem that inspires a story

Recently, a lady wrote in to my Dear Della column in Writers’ Forum and asked me about turning a poem she had written into a story.  She wanted to know how to go about it. This is something I’ve done … Continue reading


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Creating Suspense in Short Stories – Three Top Tips

I used to believe that the art of writing suspense was mostly about technique – short sentences build tension and pace, longer sentences slow it down. But suspense means so much more than this. So what does the word suspense … Continue reading


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Happy Christmas

A very quick blog to say festive greetings and also, I must apologize for the distinct lack of reading material I’ve produced lately. In the last few weeks I’ve been moving out of my house, trying to find a new one, and … Continue reading


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Christmas Presents for Writers

That time of year again! How does Christmas creep up on us so fast? If you’re anything like me you’ve got one or two writers in your life so I thought I’d share some of my present ideas 🙂 I … Continue reading


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Wednesday Writing Spot – Calling all short story writers who want to write a novel?

If you’ve ever tried to write a novel and you’re on social media – particularly around this time of year – you have probably heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short).  It’s simple, you write a novel in … Continue reading


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Inspiration and writing

I was writing a short story yesterday – well trying to write one actually – and it was like wading through treacle. There was nothing actually wrong with it, I mean the words were OK, but I was not enjoying … Continue reading


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I Am A Best Selling Writer

I am a best selling writer.  And so is Lynn Hackles.  Here is the picture of us recording these words on film.   No, we have not gone mad.  No, we have not just hit the best seller lists. And … Continue reading


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The Fleetingness of Beautiful Things

This is a picture of my amaryllis – or to be more accurate, Adam’s amaryllis, which is in our kitchen. It flowers twice a year if I’m lucky. The flowers last for about a week. And then they die.  Isn’t … Continue reading


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