Category Archive: Advice and Info

Feb 16

Twists of Lust and Trust

Twists of Lust and Trust By Karin Rick Review: Originally published in German as ‘Chaos Girl’, ‘Twists of Lust and Trust’ is Austrian author, Karin Rick’s ninth book, and her first to be published in English. It tells of the love affair between Irene and Anita. Anita is impulsive, even reckless. Irene is captivated and …

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Feb 04

What drives the story?

What drives the story? Aspiring writers are always encouraged to read avidly and widely. Reading for pleasure is a great source of enjoyment. It is also a source of information. Even in quite light fiction it is impossible not to pick up bits of information. If the setting is a real place then you find …

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Jan 26

‘Practice makes Perfect’

‘Practice makes Perfect’ ‘Practice makes Perfect’ they say, but what exactly does that mean? Is doing something over and over again going to improve what you do? Maybe, but what if you are not doing it well? Reinforcing bad habits is not a recipe for improvement. Repetition is definitely part of what we mean by …

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Jan 07

Back to the Writing Group 2017

Back to the Writing Group 2017 A year into 2017 already! Tree down and decorations put away for another year and the house looks really bare! The good news is we still have Christmas cake left to eat up, and everyone knows you cannot start a post Christmas diet till that’s all gone! One of …

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Oct 16

Looking Back for Inspiration to Write

Looking Back for Inspiration to Write   When looking for ideas there are an infinite number of places to look, including, looking back into the past for inspiration, for example: Wills and Last Requests Some wills are unpredictable and can cause chaos, disruption, family feuds, legal wrangles or sometimes just hilarity and are a huge …

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Sep 19

Looking for Inspiration for your Writing, Second hand

Looking for Inspiration for your Writing Second hand When you are out and about, have a wander, if you are looking for inspiration for your writing, in the charity shops. Jot down a few interesting items which you are almost sure to find there. Who owned that item? How did they get it? Why do …

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Sep 12

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook!)   Airports  and train or bus stations: Look at the people around you. Observe what they are wearing and their facial expressions. Where is …

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Jul 25

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About 1

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About   There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook!) Airports  and train or bus stations: Look at the people around you. Observe what they are wearing and their facial expressions. Where is …

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Apr 03

Writing about writing groups

Writing about writing groups In the January issue of Writing Magazine one of our regular visitors, Patricia Maw had an article published about the writing group that she belongs to in Brixham in Devon. She is always a welcome addition to the Lanzarote Creative Writing Group when she visits the island, for several weeks once …

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Feb 28

Author, Author!

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Author, Author!     Author, Author! is the traditional cry at the end of a brilliant performance.   If we may call the talk given by author Harry Dunn, to our writing group, ‘a performance’ then we should send up the cry. The group met in the Clock House Tavern on Friday 26 February 2016 …

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