Category Archives: historical fiction

Oops. Missed another Nanothingywrite?

November is over and once again I have not participated in National Novel Writing Month. In fact, my writing rate for November was abominable. My bum-on-seat and fingers-on-key stats are a disgrace. Oh, I guess I’ve done a few writing … Continue reading

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Giving the game away (nearly)

Forget that spoiler alert! Go on, do it! It’s time to give away the story! What? Give away the story? Or at least part of it? Am I being serious? Strangely yes. This week reading June by Miranda Beverley-Whittmore, I … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #34

Love this picture of “Lady & Leopards” I just came across in this Huffpost article by the author of a recent book about circus history, Linda Simon. If I wasn’t driving kids around and cooking food and washing up all … Continue reading

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Writing about writing

In May I was able to do a Q&A with Cynthia Bond whose novel, Ruby, I really admire. The full Q&A is posted here, but I wanted to pick out this one question particularly because she talks about her experience … Continue reading

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Setting prompt

The following excerpt from Cynthia Bond’s powerful new novel (you heard it here) Ruby makes a great prompt to start a story or just tackle a familiar setting in a new way. Read and model your writing as closely as … Continue reading

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Monday prompt on a Wednesday (oops)

So we have my mother-in-law over from the UK and I am not keeping up my self imposed blogging schedule, but here are a couple of writing prompts and some thoughts based round the writing of Jhumpa Lahiri whose novel, … Continue reading

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Truth or fiction

On Friday and Saturday I attended the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators Fall Fest/Critque Fest Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. It was fab. Great mix of informative workshops and critique sessions – including a rather frightening ‘first pages’ session where … Continue reading

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