How to write a circus fantasy – character, setting, magic

Why are circuses and fairs so fascinating? Why do people run away with the circus? And why do we love a circus fantasy story so much? I think it is because in olden times, the circus was almost the only travelling organisation you might hitch a ride with. There were others - army recruiters, roaming... Continue Reading →

Sunday shorts – swallows and summertime

In warm sunshine it's hard to imagine bad things happening. If it all goes wrong, we think, we could forage for food, live off the land, sleep under the stars with a curious deer nosing at our bare feet. But sunshine only lasts a few days and meanwhile there's a wildfire on the moors and... Continue Reading →

40 reasons why I write – 40Reasons challenge

This is my response to a challenge issued by Bryan Hutchinson on the Positive Writer blog, to list 40Reasons why I write. Listing it like this has been helpful in expressing my goals - the expected outcomes of writing. But all my main reasons were not about the results of writing, but the act of... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – six worders – very short stories

This week has been exhausting, in real life and in the news, which is increasingly hard to accept as real life. How has it come to this? Caged children. Nonetheless stories remain important and so here are a very few, very short stories from this week. Six-worders,¬†microfiction, fake headlines. Call them what you will, here... Continue Reading →

Sunday short-short stories

What is the point of words? What is the point of blogs? What is the point of poetry? I can't explain.¬† -I can explain, but only at length. Either way I won't stop. I shared a fifty-word short-short story this week and someone said Nice poem. On another site, someone asked Is this a poem... Continue Reading →

The 100 day book – 10 lessons from this amazing challenge

At the end of August I completed the 100 Day Book program from The Write Practice.¬†From the middle of May, I had committed to a daily word count, and a weekly share of my work, and giving weekly feedback on the progress of other writers in the program. I had slogged and sweated and ignored... Continue Reading →

Friday Fic- rockets and optimism

The week has been full of headlines about space, Earth, rockets, guns and whether or not Britain can stay in Europe. Astronauts returned home after five months on the International Space Station. A crazy stunt by someone who should know better turned into an accident because she was carrying, for some reason, a loaded gun.... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Two fifty word stories for you, on rather varied topics - vertigo, the end of the world, and regency romance. I'm reading my first ever Mills and Boon book (having run out of MC Beaton's Regency stories) a Regency Romance, and it's not at all what I expected. Mind you I picked it because it... Continue Reading →

Tired writing – tech and tips to beat writing fatigue

This post is originally from summer 2017. I am tired. I'm halfway through a Book in 100 Days program from The Write Practice, writing 1000 fresh words every single day, plus editing a large chunk of those for readability in order to share with the 100DB group every Friday. On top of this, I have... Continue Reading →

Romance Novel Title Generator

You only have to say 'romance novel' for people to begin telling you their very strong opinions about the genre. These may be positive or negative, but everybody seems to have a fixed idea of what a 'romance novel' might be. On the negative side, words like 'formulaic' and 'one dimensional' get bandied about; on... Continue Reading →

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