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We Were There

It seems very strange to watch the events unfold in the world.  To take in, yet another country seeming to come undone, like a hanging string on a piece of clothing, pulled by accident until the garment reveals a gaping hole.  661 more words

Writerly Writes

Featured From the Archives: How to Write Martial Arts Fight Scenes

For the past few weeks, this post has surfaced almost daily in my stats, making it by far my most popular article ever. The fact that it is continually being Googled probably means that I would do well to post it again, don’t you think? 1,779 more words


‘He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.’

Miguel de Cervantes

13 Effective Strategies to Sharpen Your Writing


1. Write for your audience. If in doubt about your readers’ background, always write for the least informed.

2. Decide on the purpose of your writing… 197 more words

Academic Writing

Running from Lawyers

I haven’t seen the film Running With Scissors. But this trailer looks similar to the book.

I’ve read the book.

Augusten Burroughs’ memoir Running with Scissors… 444 more words

Creative Nonfiction

Dilemma: when does a novel need a family tree?

I am in the editing phase of my fifth novel. It is the stage at which my editorial team are reading through the early drafts and giving me their initial corrections. 372 more words

Creative Writing