Black Dress: The Making Of A Story

My most chilling – and successful – story (if successful means the number of times it’s been published) came straight from my unconscious mind. It’s the only story I’ve ever

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The Map and the Territory

Do you know the difference between the map and the territory? It’s a key skill to have, to be able to distinguish between the map and the territory. It puts

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Not Schrödinger’s Cat

An article of mine about the Catalan language once appeared in a magazine under the title ‘Catalan Got Your Tongue? The Language With Nine Lives.’  I showed it to my

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Business Writing Magic

Many people tell me they have big problems writing for their business. They know all the stuff they’re supposed to do to promote their products and services: email marketing, newsletters,

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Write What You Know?

Write what you know.  But don’t take that too literally.  Maybe you don’t know what it feels like to be shot or wounded. Do as actors do: think back to

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Writing: The Three Keys

Passion – Perseverance – Patience Passion drives the story and sweeps the reader along. Your passion for your subject, your story,  your characters in some mysterious way leaves its energy

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Big congratulations to Creating Worlds writers Kobie du Plessis and Sam Mardell on the publication of their stories, both set in Barcelona,  in Foreign Encounters 2012, the third anthology published

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Paradisiac Pink Power

I gasped as I eased the bottle of shower gel from its wrapping (a gift from a friend over from the UK). I was drooling before I even got the

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The Colours and The Shapes

Ever since I was a depressed, angst-ridden teenager in Manchester, I’ve zoned out / self-soothed / chilled out by wandering round shops. So when I read about the wonderful Artist’s

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Why I Failed Ancient History

“Cicero,” declared my grammar school classics teacher, “was an old windbag.” And that’s when it all came alive. I was a straight A student – Latin, Greek and Ancient History. 

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