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Writing Rituals – Do I Have Any?

I recently read Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey. It’s a fascinating account of the creative processes of a collection of famous artists, authors, composers and choreographers. Who knew that Anthony Trollope, rose before dawn every day and wrote three thousand words before going to his job at the post office, or that Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in his kitchen, using the top of the refrigerator as his desk? …more

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Have you learned anything about yourself or your writing during this process?
With every book I’ve written I learned something new. I’ve always considered myself a horrible procrastinator. Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow, right? …more

To-may-to To-mah-to … The importance of finding an editor who ‘gets’ your writing style

Knowing that I needed the professional wit and wisdom of (at least) one such editor – the challenge was on. Beginning my writing career as a Scottish transplant to the USA, I realised that I wrote in a hybrid style involving a mixture of both English and Scottish-isms, …more

Life In Words — My Writing Journey

As a young Scots lass whose family led a somewhat peripatetic existence, moving around the world, reading and writing were a constant that I treasured and often turned to. I was initially inspired by the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’d draw lines on plain paper and write adventure stories, then bind the pages together with string …more


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