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Facing feedback

It’s all well and good being a writer-in-the-attic but sometimes you have to launch your words out into the wide blue yonder and watch them become somebody else’s property.

I’m now used to my writers’ group feedback, which is usually carefully considered and constructive.

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Sense of place

I wrote recently about books I will never let out of my life, even though I have a passion for decluttering.

One of these is a childhood favourite, Lucy M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe. I was amazed to discover very recently that the house she lived in for more than fifty years, and that she drew on endlessly for the series, actually existed.

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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx

I’ve been doing a lot of clearing out lately, going through the mass of unusual and probably useless items that accumulate slowly when you live in the same place for decades.



….light the corners of my mind

I have recently completed a free online creative writing course with the Open University and FutureLearn which I heartily recommend to anyone new to writing fiction or writers with a bit of experience who want to get back to basics and receive informed feedback on their work.

I’ve always been resistant to the idea of keeping a journal or using Morning Pages to get the creative juices flowing but the course tutors suggested that for some of us carrying a notebook called “research” might be a way to get over this self-imposed block. BINGO! Now I use it to jot down random things I hear or see, passing thoughts I have and snippets of useful information and no longer feel guilt that it’s not full of flowing, cursive script of delicious descriptions and wise insights!

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