Creative Writing Magic 10 February 2018

At last – my popular Creative Writing Magic workshop is back with exciting new tools and practices. It’s happening on Saturday 10 February in a beautiful creative space close to

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Story News

“The day the men from City Hall came with chainsaws to prune the plane trees on the street outside our Hotel, Gabriela freaked out.  She swore she could hear them

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How The Creative Process Works

Lying on my yoga mat, focussing on my breathing, focussing on releasing the almost crippling tension in my neck and shoulders – suddenly it comes together. Dots join. It’s like

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A Story of Mine

“Tortoise had become so demoralised by other, faster, nimbler animals bullying him that he lost all his self-confidence. Instead of feeling calm and unhurried and savouring every instant of Now,

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The essential element of powerful fiction is not a twisty plot, pace, tension, effective writing… you can do all those things and still not engage the reader. The absolute key

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Weaving Text

In a recent post we looked at how the creative process has many stages, and how writing is no exception, and how each stage requires different skills and tools. And

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What a Vase from Portugal Can Teach Us about Writing

This vase was bought my late parents many years ago on holiday in Portugal. How did this vase start life? As clay. Formless and colourless. So how did it become

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Yesterday, on the way back from the shops, an idea hit me – a section of plotline for the second novel, which is currently mostly a bunch of freewrites and

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I’m going to be brutally honest here: writing is scary. It’s one of the big reasons  we procrastinate. That said, it’s taken me years of attempts at meditation, mindfulness, NLP,

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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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