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A Friday Night Quotation

From Natalie Goldberg’s Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft. She has a novel and potentially liberating way of thinking about those internal voices that keep you up at night telling you that you’re uniquely flawed and no good … Continue reading

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‘A Third Thing:’ Natalie Goldberg On Dealing With Internal Conflict

Some Saturday night wisdom to go with Friday’s thoughts. I’ve just read Natalie Goldberg’s latest book, The True Secret of Writing. It’s full of forthright, just go and do it, attitude. Goldberg comes across like some of the take no … Continue reading

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On Being Praised

I handed in a short story to my tutor last night and spent a wakeful night wondering what she’d think of it. When I checked my email this morning, I found a very very glowing response. This is her comment … Continue reading

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Cryptic Blog Post Titles

Coming up with titles for blog posts is the hardest part of the writing process, I find. I use bits of song lyric, hazily-remembered quotations from books and poems, and, if all else fails, simple descriptions of the contents of … Continue reading

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On Not Writing

I have been bogged down in my short story course all year. The stories I thought up just refused to be written, even when I liked my ideas. One in particular featured a couple of characters I found appealing, a … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman on Feeling the Fear and Doing it Anyway

Neil Gaiman. And if you fail… is it that bad? Nothing wrong with failing. We do it all the time. At least three stories by me are so utterly rubbish I’ve never collected them. You don’t set out to make … Continue reading

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Homework Part Two

I’ve just completed my second writing course and have received some wonderfully encouraging feedback from the teacher. She told me that the second story I wrote for her is of a publishable standard. I’m not bold enough to believe her, … Continue reading

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