Monthly Archives: October 2012

Diary of a Writer’s Retreat:Tuesday

Another quite productive day. I’m not exactly flying as I have done on some previous occasions here, but I’m still quite pleased with my progress. I’ve reached a part in the book which is set at the time when the … Continue reading

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Diary of a Writer’s Retreat: Monday

An early start. I’ve always been an early riser, and after reading years ago that one of my literary heroes Bill Bryson gets up at 5am, at least in the summer, I decided I could match that and it’s been … Continue reading

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Diary of a Writer’s Retreat. Sunday.

Woke to a lovely misty morning. Sunday is a day of rest, even on a writer’s retreat. My one criticism of the properties in Polruan has always been that the hot water supplies seem to be hit and miss. In … Continue reading

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Diary of a Writer’s Retreat (or a Polruan Pilgrimage). Saturday.

I try to get to my favourite place in the world (Polruan in Cornwall) at least once a year to hide away and concentrate on a making big progress on a current writing project. That’s my excuse, anyway. I’d probably … Continue reading

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Language

Did you know you could speak several languages? I was once talking to a German, who spoke perfect English, about the similarities between our languages, and she tried to tell me that this was because they share a common Latin … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

Here is a short extract from the diaries of Virginia Woolf (she is talking about shortages towards the end of World War I): We have cards for most foods. The only abundant shop windows are the drapers. Other shops parade … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

It’s here – a thrilling new feature highlighting words that cause confusion or tend to get misused. I got the idea because of the number of times, in my freelance work for several writers’ advisory services, I came across writers … Continue reading

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