round robin

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

round robin

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

a way from heart to heart · round robin · the silk romance

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)

writing

Setting goals, my writing projects for 2016, and some advice required

It’s time for the first Round Robin of 2016, and this month we are to list “one or two writing projects” we have in mind for the coming year. I really like the idea of goals. Even if I don’t achieve them, it gives me something to work towards, and – if you work by…… Continue reading Setting goals, my writing projects for 2016, and some advice required

authors · books · writing

Do social issues belong in novels? Or should fiction help us to escape the world’s problems?

I can’t believe it’s time for another Round Robin. (I say this every month! Life is galloping away with me.) Today’s theme has got me thinking hard again. What current issues are important to you? How often do modern social/global issues have a place in your stories? These are both great questions. Here is my…… Continue reading Do social issues belong in novels? Or should fiction help us to escape the world’s problems?

Christmas · short stories

“Fallen in Love.” A free short story for Christmas

I’m taking part in a Round Robin today. The theme is “a short poem, flash fiction, vignette, or other short piece about hope, love, forgiveness, Christmas.” My contribution is this Christmas short story. When you’ve finished reading, there’ll be a list of other authors participating in the Round Robin, each with a short piece for…… Continue reading “Fallen in Love.” A free short story for Christmas

a way from heart to heart · round robin

Going for a Ruby, or why I love the curry capital of Britain

Today I’m taking part in another Round Robin, and this month’s topic is “a favourite food or meal.” Well, since I live very close to Bradford…three guesses what meal I’m going to choose! Those who don’t live in the UK may not get the answer straightaway, but the rest will probably know that Bradford is…… Continue reading Going for a Ruby, or why I love the curry capital of Britain