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I wonder why I write…

Sometimes, I’ve noticed a niggling thought lurking in my mind: “I’m not good enough.” Mostly, in the last few years at least, I haven’t given in to the thought. Instead, I have taken it out into the open, let it have its say and then let it go. Logically, I knew it wasn’t true. Logically, I knew I was as …

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Why Writers Write

Way back last summer, Kenya Johnson tagged me in an Author Blog Tour, where authors share their writing process. Then Susan Zutautas tagged me in another tour, asking why I write. I wrote a post combining the how and why, but for myriad reasons, I never got round to publishing. Now I’ve been tagged yet again. This time, Heather and …

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The Loneliness of the Genreless Writer

 live in a house of sci-fi fiends. As I write this, everyone else – yes even the cats – is glued to Agents of Shield. The tropical fish have stopped swimming in circles and now stare out towards the blue glow of the television. Their little mouths open and close in shock at the revelation that the good guy is …

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Changes and Things to Come

For a while now, most Fridays I’ve been posting reviews of books in some way related to the writing process or that I think writers will find interesting for their techniques or expertise – like Anne Tyler’s The Beginner’s Goodbye.  I was going to post a review today, but I’m holding it over to next week, because it’s going to …

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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 …

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Who Writes Your Stories?

Many times, I have sat down to write with a plan in my head of how an article or novel chapter should be, and when I’ve finished writing it is something very different to what I’d imagined. Writers talk about this frequently. Fiction writers often say that a character wouldn’t do what they wanted, or that the characters took over …

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The No-Na-No diary: This Moment is All We Have

I’m not sure if this is part of my No-Na-No diary, or just some random thoughts –  but here goes. I am so, so pleased to have taken the pressure of myself and decided not to force words that don’t need to come. The last two days I have carried on working on the novel I began for NaNoWriMo, at …

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NaNoWriMo Diary Continued… (or maybe the No-NaNo diary)

Okay, I know that technically a diary is  something you write in every day. I should probably have called this a journal instead. And since I’m way behind, here’s a few entries all at once:  Tuesday: wrote 600 words today,  falling further behind. Now expected to finish April 2014.Wednesday: 150 words. Crawling now. Expected to finish May 2014Thursday:  2050 words, …

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7 Ways To Help You Write When You Feel Depressed

My first daughter was six months old when I began studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I wrote in snatches when she slept – which wasn’t often – and I was often exhausted. Towards the end of the second term, I was pregnant again. I was allowed an intermission and also planned to find a  babysitter for our older daughter for when the intermission …

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Why Do I Write? Why Do You Write?

There’s something about seeing someone you love stare death in the face and voice regrets that leads to pondering life’s big questions. At least, there’s something about my father nearing the end of his life and talking about his regrets that has got me thinking deeply.Isn’t it strange how much we dwell on what we think we’ve done wrong, on …