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  • A Book Review, Searchable Authors and a New Word!

    If you've been following Book Talk so far, you'll know that every month we are soliciting a review of the chosen book from an author on our Live Literature database. What is the database? It's a searchable and browseable list of authors who are based in Scotland and have met the criteria to receive...

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  • Roots of Empathy

    Babies: they coo, they gurgle and they’re undeniably cute. Sure, they may cry, and they may make stinky messes, but there is something special about them and the way they depend on people in their world. Babies may need someone to love them and connect with them in order to help them develop. But...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Read, Read, Read and then Write, Write, Write

    "Like most—maybe all— writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, by reading books. " - Francine Prose So read, read, read and write, write, write. That’s my writing advice. Job done. Tick. In the past I have found it frustrating when I have plucked up the courage to ask well known and...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Write What You Want To Read

    My piece of advice is: Write things that you want to read. For example, I read a lot of Crime Fiction, SciFi, Fantasy and Historical Fiction. I generally do not read a lot of what could be classed as Chick Lit or gritty realism: I would have no idea where to start in writing a story about a fiesty...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Write Because You Enjoy It

    When I mentioned to my husband that I liked to write (quite some time ago) he was rather excited, thinking that I might be the next JK Rowling and make enough money from one book to live off for the rest of our lives. I soon set him right on that front, but I found that afterwards when I was...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Quantity Not Quality

    During NaNoWriMo, word count is king. There is no time for crafting poetic prose and absolutely no shame in churning out crap. In fact, by signing up for NaNoWriMo you give yourself express permission to write a whole lot of crap - for the entire month of November. And that’s the premise of...

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