Category Archive: Miscellaneous

Nov 24

Saying Goodbye to One of Our Writers: Trish Maw

Saying Goodbye to One of Our Writers: Trish Maw Sadly, in June of this year our friend, Trish Maw died after an illness of several months. Trish was one of our ‘Visitors’ on the website and always a welcome visitor at our meetings and workshops. She liked to spend a couple of months, once or …

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May 23

Ironman 2016

Ironman 2016 Ironman Lanzarote, 21 May 2016. A qualifier for the world championships, some say that Lanzarote is the toughest course on the whole Ironman circuit. Be that as it may, everyone who has the courage to even enter, the determination and discipline to train and take part, the spirit to succeed that keeps them …

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May 03

Wasted Lives

Wasted Lives A short story by Ann Collins The house stared at her with blank eyes, bleary with an accumulation of grime. Paint peeled forlornly from the front door, the tarnished knocker askew. Emma trod gingerly along the path, negotiating the tangled weeds. She fished the keys from her bag, took a deep breath and …

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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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Mar 21

‘Write an outline for a novel’

‘Write an outline for a novel’ Competition    Following a most interesting and enjoyable visit by author Harry Dunn, to our writing group in February 2016, we prevailed upon him to judge a writing competition to write an outline for a novel. The idea for this came out of his talk in which one of …

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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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Feb 02

Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue

Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue One thing that budding writers often ask about is actually setting out dialogue on the page. ‘Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue’ gives a short guide to some basic rules.                                       …

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Jan 29

‘Practice makes Perfect’

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‘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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Nov 07

Marketing your Book. Part 2: Using facebook

Marketing your Book. Part 2: Using facebook Advertising works as evidenced by the millions spent on doing it by large successful companies, so marketing your book is vital. As every successful writer knows, the day when you dot the last ‘i’ and cross the last ‘t’ is not ‘The End’ especially in these days of …

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Nov 04

Marketing your Book Part 1. Getting it on the Shelves

Marketing your Book Part 1: Getting it on the Shelves Although we now have the ability to reach so many people so quickly through Social media, there is still a real place for footslogging when it comes to marketing your book. Traditionally, book shops are places where people have always been able to browse, handle …

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