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Shaping Fiction

This week, in addition to my children’s book I have been working on stuff for the Swanwick competition – deadline yesterday. Unfortunately I missed it because I misread the 12.00 as midnight. It was noon. Frustrating. However, the purpose of this blog is to focus on the positive outcomes for my frustration. How can I…

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VAKS: Learning in style

I have been doing an on-line course on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy during this lockdown – very insightful. But what jumped out at me yesterday during my session, as a poignant reminder of my teacher training some years ago, is the idea of learning styles. I think I’ve mentioned this idea a few blogs ago but…

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Slow….fast…slow

Hi, fellow aspiring fiction writers, I think I have made a big break through this week. And I am excited. You see, I read a lot of crime, and love the Jack Reacher books, written by Lee Child. An article in the Times (18.4.20) by Sam Leith, featured Lee Child and something in the article…

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Games for tricky words

Hi all. Last week I blogged about phonics – how to make phonics fun through games. This week, we need to look closely at the so-called ‘tricky’ words. These types of words used to be called ‘high frequency’ by schools because they account for a huge proportion of the words featured in children’s early reading…

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Balancing plot – and word count

How the weeks fly when we are writing furiously. And I have been writing as furiously as I can, trying to increase my word count. Did I change my dog into a lion, as I said I would last week? No, of course not. I changed it into a bear instead. But more about that…

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