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Writing Courses – are they worth it?

There are so many writing courses around these days. Universities run them, publishers run them, magazines run them. In fact every Tom, Dick and Harry (if you’ll excuse the cliche) runs writing courses. Even the smallest town has a literary … Continue reading


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How do I stop my romances becoming predictable?

Here’s another question from a recent postbag at Writers’ Forum. This one comes up quite a bit.  We’re talking fictional ones by the way! Q A common cause for the rejection of short stories (I know, because I’ve received many!) is … Continue reading


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Wednesday Writing Spot – Cindy’s Jukebox

This Wednesday I am delighted to welcome the lovely Douglas McPherson. He has written a  number of romances including The Showman’s Girl, Closer!, and the country music based Nashville Cinderella under the pen name, Julia Douglas. I have to say … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot. Story Arcs – What are they?

Welcome to week two of the Wednesday Writing Spot. Following last week’s blog about writing the competition short story, I thought it would be helpful to look at one of the elements of writing that is (in my experience) the … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot. Tips on Winning Short Story Competitions

This is the first of four posts about various aspects of short story writing, which will go out over the next four Wednesdays, in my new Wednesday Writing Spot. I hope they are helpful. I have spent a fair bit … Continue reading


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