Tag: creative writing

Mondays with Monika – 1

As you may recall, a trainee clinical psychologist, exploring the therapeutic benefits of creative writing, interviewed me. The experience got me thinking about some themes I return to in my fiction, such as loss, separation and sacrifice, and the ways in which fiction comes to be as authentic as non-fiction. But what about non-fiction that …

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Nothing stays the same

True colours. Who knew that green peppers and red peppers could be one and the same? Not me, that’s who. Are they more ripe, more sweet, or do they just fancy a change of colour scheme?* Whatever the reason, they do it because it’s in their nature to do it.Writing and publishing, like our peppers, …

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Quid pro quote

How d’ya like ’em? I must post upwards of a dozen blog comments a month. Some months it’s well above that, and I’m by no means not alone in that respect. Usually it’s for someone I follow regularly or occasionally I find something in cyberspace that captures my imagination. Often I choose to comment because it’s a …

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Going for…atomic number 79

‘On me ‘ead, son.’ Like an estimated 1 billion people worldwide (and mindful of apparent restrictions on words that can be used for the next few days), I watched the opening ceremony of the quadrennial ‘global sporting event’ with a mixture of high expectation, positivity and awe. Danny Boyle, Tracey Seaward and the entire team …

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Time and Tide

One of the great things about being in touch with nature is witnessing the flow of the seasons and experiencing it in a tangible way. You can do this through the seasonal food you eat or by paying attention to what is growing in the wild. Right now, elderflower is in abundance an that can …

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One more thing – found in a notebook

I suppose you’re wondering why this note has been left for you on the mantelpiece. Don’t worry, all will become clear by the time you get to the end. First off, I’ve left you. I can’t say I’m leaving you, as that has been happening, by degrees, ever since you had that affair at work. …

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Stand by your plan

So, in one of my replies to a comment last time (You mean you don’t read those?), I mentioned turning some opportunities down. Naturally, someone has asked me to explain and I never like to disappoint an audience on a Thursday. Here’s the thing though, and by all means sing it along with me. Ready? …

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Achievement without tears

It’s always a very strange time when you finish writing a novel. There’s a mixed bag of emotions – part of you is sad to see the end of the adventure, part of you is still focused on whether you did the story and characters justice, and part of you is just plum tuckered out …

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Be Still – found in a notebook

‘Be still and know that I am God.’ How many times had Carrie heard pastor Gellard say that in class? Yeah, she knew God – saw him winking at her between the lines of her Student Bible. But did he know her? Did his all-seeing eye witness the pile of dishes left by her mum …

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Adrift – found in a notebook

“You’ll love it,” she said. “It’s where you find your soul.” Find the bottom of my stomach, more like. “But what about the snow? Surely a boat can’t sail…” I realised I was sounding like an idiot halfway through my plea bargain. She smiled. The sea won’t freeze, and anyway, it’s going to rain later …

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