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Writing News

Lots happening on the writing front at the moment, so I thought it was time for an update. As some of you know, I’ve got a place on the Writing West Midlands brand new writer development scheme Room 204 . The aim of the scheme is to offer writers living... read more

Thinking about short stories

I’ve been reworking a couple of short stories recently and it’s made me realise (well, I already knew but it’s reinforced!) just what a challenging genre the short story is. A successful short story has to do so much in so few words – between 1000 (unless it’s flash fiction) and... read more

Brickbats and Bouquets

Last week I whinged on – with a certain amount of self-pity – about my failure to move from the shortlist to one of the winners of Fish Publishing flash fiction competition. People were kind and sympathetic and some even said they were glad I’d written about it, but really... read more

The Taste of Disappointment

It’s so easy to use blogging and facebook to share only successes and triumphs. In some ways, they give a skewed view of life. Only good things happen. Trails of glory follow in our wake. Life is an unending list of  ;-)    Of course, we know failure and disappointment. We’ve all met... read more