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Fuelling our imagination

Who better to help adults unlock, or should I say unblock, imagination, than our children? Given the current home schooling situation, we writers could learn lots of lessons from our children and grandchildren. So for my fiction blog today I want to focus on imagination. In writing terms, what is it? Where does it come…

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Phonic family fun

Now that schools are closed for what could be a few months, it is hard for parents to know how best to keep children busy and buzzing. On-line lessons are available for many children – but how are parents to cope if not? A main aim would be to engage in some of the basic…

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Fiction – planned or unplanned?

What strange, unprecedented times we are now living through. How will this real life human plot end? Following my last blog about plots and loose ends, it occurs to me that stories do not always have a planned ending. For some lucky writers, their characters write the plot themselves as it moves along. In this…

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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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