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The ‘What If’ Factor

I’ve been asked many times “How do you get the ideas for your stories?” In fact, I’ve probably answered that question on here already, but I was talking to someone recently and it reminded me of a conversation I had with my dad in the heady days when I believed I would become a best-selling…

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What Hope for New Writing?

I was somewhat mystified when I watched Carnival Films’ version of ‘Dracula’ on TV recently. Most of us know the story of Dracula.  They know he personifies pure, irredeemable evil.  They know the protagonists; Johnathan, Mina, Van Helsing and others, risk life and soul to put an end to his wickedness. I was quite expecting…

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Writer’s Block

This week I’ve been thinking about writer’s block.  It’s something I tend to do when I’m suffering from it. Block can come in many forms.  Sometimes it’s obvious that you’re stuck on a project, other times you might be writing, churning out the wordage, getting the pages out, but the story just isn’t going anywhere. …

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Blood-Coloured Man

This is my alternative Christmas story.  Enjoy :D Uran dug his hand deep under the snow, felt for the crust of a hundred almost-thaws beneath the new, fresh fall.  His fingers discovered a sharp lip where the brittle under-layer had broken off – either cracking of its own accord or during his last assault.  He…

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Don’t Self-Sabotage Your Self-Publishing Career

Every writer wants to get published.  For most of us, it’s about the only extrovert desire we have, and even that’s pretty introverted, since we do it from the sanctuary of our laptop, our only contact with the outside world being a trip to the post office to send off our submissions.  In fact, that’s…

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WRITERS

Originally posted on Writers Anon Taunton:
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WRITERS Cyber Monday – the busiest online  shopping day of the Christmas season – is expected to fall on 2 December this year, so it’s time to get your wish-list done and dusted. If you want some gift ideas for writers, look no further. Quirky Writing…