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Children’s Books – Siblings

Learning from Webinars on Writing for Children I have been listening to webinars at ungodly hours. They feature unashamed accounts by authors saying that they hate writing and therefore knock out their books in a very short time. Anyone can write, they … Continue reading

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Richard III is Innocent

In Arran, they watched the burial of Richard III. (No, they watched it on television.)   In the  Novum Organum, Francis Bacon (1561-1626) says, “Truth is the  daughter of time.” What he meant by that, I’ve no idea. You might be able … Continue reading

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Christmas Is Valentine’s Day

Last night  the West Country  was dark, wet and windy. The front door was swinging open. I saw a light was on in a downstairs room. I padded down the stairs. My daughter, staying with us this Christmas and unable … Continue reading

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Fancy Formatting (Writing the Novel “Shelburne”)

A Strange Temptation Why do we do these things? For my novel, The Man Who Thought He Was Hitler, I used a pseudonym, Jo Hawk. When I published the novel as an eBook, I changed it to Shelburne by Robert Blanchett. My next … Continue reading

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How to Begin a Thriller

Are you writing or reading a thriller? Either way, openings are a problem Who Needs a Prologue? You are an intelligent reader. You go straight to Chapter One  –  easily with a hard copy, more tricky using Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’. … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Pep up your Book Group or Writing Group

1.    Rotate I’ve started with this because it’s one of those practices that groups either use already or have never experienced. Therefore, if you already use it this suggestion won’t help. Just skip it. (In any case, the best recommendation … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Josephine Tey

I start with the (fairly) trivial and end on the most important. 1. They were reading it on Arran Well, that’s not at all important to you, is it? It is if you are in a book group and need … Continue reading

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Harry Houdini and the Gorilla in the Room. (Why I should use “those annoying pop-ups”.)

Pop-ups and Human Psychology Everyone is an expert on psychology, or so they think. Are they deluding themselves, since they make a mess of ordinary interaction? I see myself as a slow learner in the field. You probably know more about … Continue reading

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The Isle of Arran: Community and Readers

Community Do you sometimes wish you could recapture some of the values of times past while continuing to live in the modern world? “In the country, you walk into someone’s kitchen, they are cleaning the floor, so you grab a … Continue reading

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Psychology Fiction

Do you sometimes wonder who you really are, and what other people think of you? Four years ago, after an exhausting day at work, I was sharing some wine with a colleague. As we relaxed in comfortable chairs I thought … Continue reading

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