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Book Review: ‘A Saint in Swindon’ by Alice Jolly

Read time: 2 mins How A Saint in Swindon by Alice Jolly, published by Fairlight Books, was written was most unusual and it is an unusual novella. It came from a writing exercise in which the author and the Swindon Artswords Reading Group met, before the book was written, and the book group contributed ideas and suggestions for the…

Book Review: ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

Read time: 2 mins Introduction In Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear (2015) Bloomsbury, Elizabeth Gilbert details what creative living involves and encourages courage, enchantment, persistence and trust in its pursuit. Courage Gilbert starts Big Magic, by describing a great poet who wrote poetry with a life-long commitment to search for grace and transcendence but he never much cared…

Interview with Peter Howard

Read time: < 1 min Acclaimed published thriller writer, Peter Howard, describes his writing, shares where he finds inspiration and compares the challenge of writing novels to that of running a business with around a hundred staff. Peter includes generous tips on his writing process and insights into projects which are in the pipeline. Click the button to start the…

Interview with Steve Schatz

Read time: < 1 min Seashell Virgin was nominated in the short list of books published by Indiana authors between 2020 and 2022. In this interview the author talks (18mins) about his experience of traditional publishing and self publishing and shares what he values as the greatest freedom of a writer. Seashell Virgin is the third book in the Nacho…

How Not to Procrastinate When Writing

Read time: 2 mins OK here goes – I write posts for my website but what is in this post applies across all other forms of writing too. 10 am: I am writing the blog post. It is about time wasting.  I have started this post in my head so often that I have become an expert, an addict…

Why Does Editing Cost so Much?

Read time: 2 mins Writers who have asked for a quote for an editing service sometimes, on reading the fee, responded with either endless silence or disappointment that the cost will be more than they had imagined it would be. I get that professional editing does cost and is likely to be one of the more expensive elements of…

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