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Do writers need boundaries?

Vive la difference! I’m at a really interesting point in the novel I’m writing. And I know that because it’s making me uncomfortable. It’s not violence or sex or swearing; no, it’s more subtle than that. It’s about religion and culture. More specifically, religion and culture that aren’t mine. I’ve recently had some brilliant email conversations …

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Is Social Media the Writer’s Friend?

Recently, The Guardian carried a piece about author Joanna Trollope’s criticism of fellow author JK Rowling. Specifically, JT thinks JKR spends far too much time being far too vocal on social media. You can read about it here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/05/jk-rowling-driven-by-ego-like-kim-kardashian-joanna-trollope The part that really piqued my interest was JT’s suggestion that aspiring authors will look at JKR’s interactions …

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Who Owns Your Books?

Now you see me. When it comes to books, the word ‘ownership’ can mean different things at different times.Who owns an idea?Nobody. Try copyrighting an idea and be prepared for laughter and disdain.Who owns a completed manuscript?Unless you’ve been paid to ghostwrite a novel, ownership rests with the author. The laws on copyright different between …

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Authors & Books – Erik Carter

I never tire of meeting other writers (more often, online these days) and finding out what makes them tick. Whether we specialise in the same genre or find ourselves in different camps there are always stories behind the stories and an individual path to ‘The End’.  This time I would like to introduce you to …

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Room for a Review?

Last month I ran a mini workshop on the theme of Comedy Writing in Fiction. (I mentioned it here.) Linda recently sent me a review of the event and she’s kindly let me post it on this blog.In the words of Rabbie Burns in To a Louse:O wad some Power the giftie gie usToo see …

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Writing as a therapeutic tool

“Writing does not protect us from tragedy, but it does give us a way of working through problems and perhaps expressing them differently in fiction.”It’s a truism that writers draw upon personal experience – and that of others – when they create fiction. This is not only part of the writer’s desire to bring authenticity …

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Authors & Books – Celina Summers

Writers are an interesting community. We bicker, compete, support each other and also draw inspiration from one another. It’s my great pleasure here to interview Celina Summers, who I had the good fortune to meet when I was part of the Musa Publishing family. She’s not only a savvy writer; she takes a scholarly and detailed …

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All the things that writing is not

Show me a writer who hasn’t declared, some time around the 1st of January, “This will be my year,” and I’ll show you a writer who has given up the struggle. We are bombarded with ways to write faster, to pluck more ideas from the ether, and to formulate the words and ideas into prize …

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Two Magic Words

Sometimes we have to draw a line in the sand – with a pen. When people learn – because I’m not exactly shy about it now – that I’m a writer the conversation usually goes one of two ways. 1. They ask, directly or obliquely, how much money I make from books and freelancing.2. They look …

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