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Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

I don’t normally start a post with a negative headline – who wants to read about misery? – but this subject has been on my mind recently…and in any case, I have the perfect excuse! It’s time for March’s Round Robin, and this month the question is: Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and…… Continue reading Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

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How three classic writers use careful word choice to build character #writetip #amwriting

It’s the middle of November already and that means it’s time for another Round Robin from my authors’ group. This month the topic is: How does wording choice develop a character? How do you use and select your words? Or, in the words of Dr Bob, one of the authors in our group:  “I sometimes find…… Continue reading How three classic writers use careful word choice to build character #writetip #amwriting

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Eccentric – but helpful! – writing practices #writetip

After spending the past few weeks in New Zealand – where I had a brilliant time with my family, exploring the lovely city of Wellington and the beautiful coastline – I’ve been sadly neglecting my blog. But now September is coming to an end, and I’ve returned home just in time for another Round Robin…… Continue reading Eccentric – but helpful! – writing practices #writetip

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Why we love a tortured hero(ine)

August is drawing to a close and I can hardly believe summer is almost over already. Another month means another Round Robin, and  another topic to challenge us :) This month our topic comes from author Victoria Chatham. Our characters often have some kind of psychological, spiritual or physical wounds. The process of healing forms the character’s arc. What mental, physical or spiritual…… Continue reading Why we love a tortured hero(ine)

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What makes some books so memorable? #amreading a #goodread

Another month, and time for another Round Robin, and this month’s topic has been set for us by author Dr Bob Rich: What makes a book memorable? What a great question, and I expect every reader will answer it in a different way. For me, the books I remember are ones that have “spoken” to me; there’s something in…… Continue reading What makes some books so memorable? #amreading a #goodread

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Pathetic fallacy – symbolism and the weather in fiction

Another month has gone by, which means it’s time for another Round Robin, and author Rhobin Courtwright has come up with yet another great topic for us: “Have you noticed how weather is used in writing? How have you used weather in your writing? Drama? Mood? Revelation?” I absolutely love all forms of symbolism in writing and art. Even…… Continue reading Pathetic fallacy – symbolism and the weather in fiction

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Bad boys in fiction – why we love them, yet revile the bad girls

It’s time for another Round Robin, and another thought-provoking topic, especially for romance authors and readers: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, why do you think “bad” boys are so popular as heroes, and “bad” girls so often reviled? In real life, can those labelled “bad” really change, or are such fictional romances misleading? This…… Continue reading Bad boys in fiction – why we love them, yet revile the bad girls