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Plots – and loose ends

From last week’s blog I have been looking at my words and phrases trying to inject more interest into the writing and make it jump further off the page. As I was doing this, I realised that it is easy to hide inside the editing and checking – rather than actually progress with the storyline….

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Facts as thinking tools

Leading on from last week’s blog on Thinking Differently, my thoughts this week centre on using mathematical facts as tools to solve problems. It occurs to me that children are encouraged to learn many facts, including times tables (up to 12 x 12): but rarely do we focus on why such facts need to be…

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Metaphorically speaking

Last week I blogged about verbs and adverbs. I must admit I have tried my best this week to follow my own advice and use better verbs – with fewer, or more meaningful, adverbs. This week I found myself thinking about metaphors and similes. We use them more than we realise. If we didn’t, our…

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Thinking Differently

My non-fiction blog this week is inspired by a fascinating article in the Times (Peter Evans) on the notion of thinking differently. The article features a lady called Bev Shah who was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in her teens – but who has triumphed over her ‘neurodiversity’ in many positive ways. What is neurodiversity…

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Adverb: friend or foe?

Last week I blogged about verbs as examples of synonyms: using different verbs to lift our fiction writing and make the action jump off the page. I ended the blog by suggesting that adverbs have a bad reputation – that we should use them sparingly, if at all. If the verbs are specific enough –…

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