My first writing workshop!

So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, …

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#ShortStorySunday: ‘Life To The Full’

So, back in August I entered a local writing competition run by Stockton Heath Writers Group. As I've been concentrating on longer writing, I felt rather rusty - 1200 words seemed to go by in a flash! However, I polished up three stories while I was on holiday and sent them on their way. I …

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Thunderclaps and giveaways and discounts, oh my!

A Jar Of Thursday Thunderclap and giveaway Have I mentioned that I've set up a Thunderclap campaign for A Jar Of Thursday? 😉 If you haven't heard of one before, a Thunderclap is a big synchronised social media share, with the purpose of making an impact. As you can see, it's going pretty well, with 72 supporters at …

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So much to do, so little time…

As blog posts go, this one is a check-in to let you know that I haven't been eaten by an Alsatian (or the cat). I've just been busy doing things. In my last post I talked about sending my manuscript to a small army of beta-readers for the very first time, and joked that I …

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A QuickFic story: Gap

This Friday I was pretty determined that, unless the prompt rang no creative bells at all, I'd try to get a story in at Faber Academy's QuickFic contest. As it happened, I loved the prompt photo...but my first cobbled-together draft of a story came in at 438 words, and at QuickFic you only get 250 …

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So long, farewell: Flash! Friday

Today, Friday 18 December, is a sad day, because the Flash! Friday website closes today. This morning I woke up and there was no Flash! Friday email in my inbox encouraging me to write a flash fiction by midnight, inspired by a photo, a novel or a dragon's bidding. Often I didn't write a story, because I …

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‘Schrödinger’s Relationship’ at Quantum Shorts

Just a quick post to say I have a short flash story up at Quantum Shorts. It's called 'Schrödinger's Relationship', so I expect you can guess where it's going (or not)! If you'd like to have a read, the story is here - and if you'd like to rate or vote, go ahead! There are lots of …

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‘Unflinching’: a tale of one man and his dog

You know when you see a prompt and think 'I have GOT to write something for this'? Well, I came across a link on Twitter to a Writing Places flash competition on the subject of Thomas Hardy and his pets. OK, maybe not everyone would have that reaction...but I've loved Hardy's work, novels, poems, stories, the lot, …

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A QuickFic story: 10 Rules for the Full Enjoyment of Stately Homes

I've got into the very pleasant habit of writing a story for Faber Academy's QuickFic competition on most Fridays (except for the time when they moved it to Thursday without warning; I was discombobulated). When I saw this week's prompt, just after 10am, a story popped into my head - but I had minimal time …

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