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Whatever happened to that young girl?

Janet Anderton

Whatever happened to that young girl?

By Janet Anderton One fact about me. I’m kind of old. Not “visiting a garden centre on a Tuesday to get my 10% discount” old, but old enough to have been a kid when the Beatles were still recording, old enough to remember moon landings, and old enough to fall in love with a Thunderbird. Scott Tracey - don’t judge me, he lived on an island, I was willing to ignore the strings... So, when I was at school, all the kids wanted to be pop stars, astronauts, and superheroes, me, I wanted to be an artist. I was seven....

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Get Up Now (Writing Prompts)

writing challenge Writing Prompts

Get Up Now (Writing Prompts)

A dozen pardons for the missed week. A turned-in dissertation means it ought not to happen again. However… If an extra week again means more new voices popping in to write for these challenges, these picture prompts, well… But no, we'll keep uploading them weekly and as every week before, I thank you for letting these prompts challenge you. If you've nothing you want to write this week, how about telling me how you are? A line, a paragraph…say hi. Let me know you're here. Riffing on Kindness And direclty on to what people wrote for broken by kindness: ‘I’m...

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Little They May Be, But Vital: How Writing Small Has Big Story Impact

G.V. Pearce

Little They May Be, But Vital: How Writing Small Has Big Story Impact

By G V Pearce Little writing details can be amazing. How a character takes their tea, the objects they always carry in their pockets, distinctive ways they respond to stress, whether they nod along to the pop song on the radio or turn it off—these things can give colour to a character and their world without disrupting the narrative.I’m a big fan of little details, and some of the most enthusiastic feedback I’ve received from readers has been about the details I include. You see, I have a love for writing disabled characters—I’m disabled myself, and I interact with disabled...

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Stop Editing Your Book and Start Writing Rubbish

Atlin Merrick Natalie Conyer She Said/She Said

Stop Editing Your Book and Start Writing Rubbish

Natalie and Atlin share thoughts on writing topics in an occasional she said/she said series for Improbable Press and Clan Destine Press……they don't always agree. NATALIE: For nearly four months now – yes, that’s right, four months – I’ve wrestled with the start of a new book. Every day I write something, agonise over it, pronounce it unworthy and delete it. It’s agony, and I’m getting nowhere.Then I realised I’m ignoring one of writing’s cardinal rules. I’ve been trying to produce the perfect draft straight up, instead of doing what all writers need to do; that is, to start off...

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Broken by Kindness (Writing Prompts)

Writing Challenges Writing Prompts

Broken by Kindness (Writing Prompts)

Challenge answered! And in a record number this week. Thank you for your fantastic stories inspired by last week's prompt, what you've written makes me want to know more, each and every one! This week…what's say you do it again? We again have fewer words, so  more of the ones you write come from you, not me. These prompts are meant to get your fingers typing, nothing more. If you never use a single one of these words or images but you accept the challenge and write a wee marvelous thing, you're doing it right. Or write. Right? So pass...

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