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News 1 May 2020

  Days and Weeks Passing By The days are passing by and so are the weeks.…

Stage of revision 11: Point of view

Introduction Getting the point of view wrong or inconsistent is one of the biggest mistakes that…

Emma Lee

I would like to welcome to my blog today Emma Lee. Emma was featured on CafeLit…

Anne Forrest

I’m pleased to welcome to my blog today Anne Forrest, whom we have published on CafeLit. …

Stages of revision 9: dialogue

Consider the following: It should not be too natural If you listen to a conversation and…

Stage of revision 8: Does the pace vary?

We like pace. Then modern world moves fast. Have you noticed how short scenes are these…

News 1 February 2020

  The Elephant in the Room Cannot be ignored ….. But I’m not going to talk…

Stage of revision 7 Is there conflict and tension? Are there peaks and troughs?

  The role of conflict and tension It is so often the tension between characters that…

News 1 Janaury 2020

  A Happy New Year to You I’m writing to you on the very first day…

Stage of revision 5. Characters

Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay Are they consistent? Do they develop? Do you know everything about them that…

News 3 December 2019

  My new attitude to reviewing I’ve decided now to review every book I read.  I…

Stage of revision 4: Overall time scale

Image by Couleur from Pixabay Naturally we don’t want any two year pregnancies or characters maturing…

Barking up the Wrong Tree by Philip Ardagh, illustrated Elissa Elwick

Sally Stick has a dog called Fetch. He understands what she says and she knows what…

News 1 November 2019

  Image by Oli Lynch from Pixabay Course at MMU That’s Manchester Metropolitan University. I attended…

Stage of revision 2: Is the resolution satisfying?

Image by Gerd Altmann As a publisher, editor and creative writing teacher I frequently notice that…

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

This story is told in three parts: life for protagonist Stan after his uncle is made…

News 2 September 2019

  Troubling Times Extinction Rebellion activists are clogging up a main street in Manchester.  All over…

The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston

Lucy Boston’s stories abut the house at Green Knowe are based on her own home, The…

Event Planning

Alongside my  writing I enjoy arranging events and find this as creative as the writing itself.…

Editing: a never-ending process

In a Facebook Group I belong to we recently discussed when you should give up on…

Night Birds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken

Dido Twite has been shipwrecked but is picked up by a whaling boat.  She sleeps for…

News 1 August 2019

  Playwriting Course I’ve signed up for a playwriting course at MMU. I hope my friends…

Tulip Taylor Take Another Look by Anna Mainwaring

Tulip is obsessed with make-up. She is a competent well-followed vlogger. As in many texts for…

The School at the Chalet by Elinor M. Brent Dyer

This story brings at once the familiar and the exotic.  1920s’ readers will be familiar with…

An Interview with Philippa Rae

I’m very privileged to welcome Philippa Rae to my blog today. We’re delighted at Chapeltown to…