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Writing Wednesday: The Cut and Paste Exercise

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm going to talk about copying and pasting as a creative exercise. Steal like an artist is probably a phrase you're familiar with. Taking and remodelling work by other authors is a great skill to master if you want to build on great literary tradition or just have some fun. It's fairly… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Cut and Paste Exercise

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Writing Wednesday: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

This Writing Wednesday I thought I'd link you up to this fantastic website. There are all of these words appearing on the internet describing strange emotions. I didn't realise that these words were written by one man until I found this Ted talk where he discusses his site "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows". The author, John Koenig… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Looking Up

I thought today I would share with you a writing exercise I picked up a long time ago when I used to study Creative Writing. It takes barely any time and you can do it during your everyday life with only minor disruption to other pedestrians. The tip is, when you’re out in town or… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Looking Up

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Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

Writing anything in the age of the internet is as much about how you promote it as it is about content. Knowing what you're selling and how to sell it is key to building your following. Manifestos are a brilliant resource for writers to hone their ability to persuade. A great manifesto can convince, uplift… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

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Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs


Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

So. Wuthering Heights. I've really been trying to embrace some classic fiction in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons. Rather than, you know, reading books I know I'll enjoy. I took on this novel thinking that I'd hate it but I actually I quite liked it, even if it has increased my urge to… Continue reading Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte