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Write Out The Heart – Review and Special Offer

Write Out the Heart is a program Fiona Moore developed after joining 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion and seeing that writers often felt self-doubt. For over two decades, Fiona has worked with many creative people, helping them to release blocks to creativity and to “express their authentic self, and make difference with their lives.” Write Out The Heart takes what …

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Connection For Creativity

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it; they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs I was looking for quotes for the …

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This Post is a Waste of Time (or maybe not)

here is a saying that you teach what you need to know. I often write about ways to get beyond writer’s block. Guess why? Actually, it’s because I want to pass on my awesomeness to you. I’m super-uper-duper at writing fast and furious without a moment’s hesitation. I get out of bed at 5 am every morning and I’m at …

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When Writing Won’t Come – A Pig of a Post

So you want to start writing, but you don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you have started, and now you’re having a pig of time? You feel stuck, blocked and can’t come up with another word. Staring at the blank page or screen won’t do it, neither will reading about writing. (Although of course you should read what I write …

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Why You Need to Care For Your Characters

I’m working on a new novel and, after a couple of breaks, I’ve decided to make it my priority. I love the freedom of writing a novel. Freedom might sound an odd way to describe such a mammoth writing endeavour, but I can still remember the buzz I felt when I’d got about 10,000 words into my first novel. Before …

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What’s Your Writer’s Scaffolding?

I’ve been editing a story I wrote years ago. I liked the story, but editors didn’t. I tried to figure out what was wrong with it, cut stuff out and tried again. More rejections, so I gave up. A long time later, I opened up the various versions (some in formats so old that Word didn’t recognise them and I …

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Black Parrot Days: when writing won’t come

I’m thrilled to announce Writing a River has its very first guest post!  Guest Post by Penelope Hart Today’s post is by the wonderful Penelope Hart. Penelope has had a long career as a writer, working on glossy magazines in the eighties, and later gaining an MA – with distinction – in Script writing. Her plays have been performed in …

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Tips on How to Use Adjectives Effectively in Fiction

 Adjectives are like swear words. The more you use them the less impact they have. Is there a rule of thumb for how often we should use adjectives in a piece of writing? The unhelpful answer is: not really. But let’s think about swearing again. Here’s a piece of purple prose with the adjectives removed and replaced with: “swearword.” (You …

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Find Your Own Writing Process

I’m a member of a few writing groups – all online though in the past I’ve been in some off-line ones too. One topic of conversation that crops up over and over is the writing process. I find the writing process fascinating, and I also find our obsession with it fascinating. In particular, I’ve been thinking lately about that elusive …

The Friday Review: The Economist Style Guide

A book on writing by The Economist magazine may not seem the obvious choice for someone who mainly writes fiction. And yes, I am pretty sure The Economist Style Guide is primarily aimed at writers of articles. Nevertheless, I found it useful. Now in its 10th edition, the book was first published in 1986. Each new edition is updated to …