I've had several emails telling me that new readers are following this blog. Which is fantastic but makes me guilty. For I'm aware that I haven't been faithful to my promise to post a new blog page each Saturday. OK, I've been away picking olives and when you're on a treadmill to get those olives … Continue reading A Writer’s Jigsaw Puzzle
I have a completed manuscript which I am trying to place. It began as the diary of a certain two years of my life which soon became a complete history. I amended a chapter of the manscript to read as a complete piece and submitted it for the Fish Short Memoir Prize. It was shortlisted. … Continue reading Memoir…or not?
For years I avoided this. For years I've been trying to publish the traditional way. I've had some successes but small ones. Seven draft novels sit in the cupboard and I keep typing. But, in the end, the internet is irresistable and I have been seduced once before. This week, I have a short story, … Continue reading On line publishing
My memoir is complete. I have written all want to write. I have told my story. I have lost count of how many drafts I've created. I've been writing various versions of this history for the last 16 years. Lesson 1. The first draft won't do. Most writers create, destroy, re-create. Writing takes a long … Continue reading You think you have finished…
Recently I attended a workshop organised by spread the word an organisation I've been following since I was short-listed in one of their writing-a-novel events. I obtained a 10% discount on the fee as I am a member of the London Writers' Network, Spread theWord's membership scheme. The purpose of the LWN is as an affordable … Continue reading Using Oral History