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  • Bridget and Me

    If I blame anyone, I blame Reginald Hill. I was at a talk he gave some years ago, in which he described his writing day. He told us he gets up early, has a cup of tea and takes his dogs for a walk. By the time he’s out walking, he said, he is ‘already writing’. Accounts of writers’ daily rounds and...

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  • Alison Murray: Early Years Residency

    Alison Murray is a Glasgow-based author and illustrator and is currently Scottish Book Trust's first Early Years Writer in Residence . This week, Alison drops by the blog to tell you more about her residency and the role of picture books in children's lives. I’m now into my fifth week as SBT’s...

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  • Blogofear

    Well, if I’m going to continue to do this blog thing, I think I need to come clean – I have a bit of a blogophobia. I generally avoid reading other people’s and until fairly recently I’ve tended to think of bloggers as people with far too much time on their hands who suffer under the delusion that...

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  • The Protocols of the Elders of Creative Writing

    We are looking for a name for our writing group. Despite the amount of gossiping and drinking that goes on, the main purpose is mutual criticism. We read each other’s stuff and give detailed feedback. It is all about red wine and red pens. The group was formed over three years ago by fellow blogger...

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  • All's Well That Ends Well?

    I’m on the verge of completing the first draft of my first novel. This may not sound like much of an achievement but I've been working on this novel intermittently for around four years and have always found plenty of reasons not to dig in and get to the last page. In hindsight I’ve spent far too...

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  • Romantic Appeal

    I wonder if the tendency to romanticise is a particularly writery thing? I don’t mean the ‘hearts and flowers’ kind of romanticise – I mean imagining unknown people, places and situations in larger-than-life colour and intensity. When I was younger I was constantly disappointed by the failure of...

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