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Cruel to be Kind?

On the Writers Anon blog today, I discussed how valuable being part of a supportive writing group can be.  It’s not always possible to join a group, though.  Being one of Taunton’s most popular writing groups, there’s not always space available for newcomers at the Writers Anon meetings.  Though we’ve never actually turned anyone away, it’s…

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I’m a Writer

At what point does someone decide, yes, I’m a writer. That’s my job. That’s who I am. Unless someone’s a journalist or has trained in writing as a career, a person will probably think of their ‘day job’ when a new acquaintance asks, what do you do? Because that’s what they mean, isn’t it? What…

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Game Review – The Last of Us

You are Joel. Twenty years ago, the infection came and changed the world forever. Fifty-something – that makes you an old-timer, especially these days when people don’t live very long. But being old doesn’t make you weak. Or soft. You’ve survived because you’re a tough son-of-a-bitch. So when someone screws up and your gun deal…

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Writer: That Badass Machine

Anyone can run, but not everyone’s a runner.  Similarly anyone can write, but not everyone’s a writer. What is it, though, that makes someone a writer instead of just someone who can write? Like a runner, a writer will train themselves. They learn discipline and discover techniques, they invest in equipment and training courses to…

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Writing’s True Magic

Most people only write when they have to. Shopping lists, emails. Essential, everyday stuff like that. They don’t do it for pleasure. They don’t do it for sharing. It’s a means of communication, or for jogging the memory. When someone crosses that line and begins to write as a form of expression, then their relationship…

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Submission – Can we Dominate?

You’ve done it. You’ve finished your book, edited and re-written, proofread and read it through for the thousandth time. It’s ready. What now? For most writers, the answer will be to go the traditional route and try to get it published by one of the major publishing houses. It takes more than just popping it…