Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Secret to Writing

I keep dipping into a nostalgia book I got for Christmas about the 50s and 60s, and I just came across this in the section on people’s memories of their first day at school: Our first teacher assured us that … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

  I read something somewhere yesterday (I meant to make a note of exactly where but I forgot!) that described someone’s body as being ‘wracked with pain’. This is a pretty common and understandable mistake, because both ‘wracked’ and the … Continue reading

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New Blog

When I first started this blog I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to be about. It has eventually developed into more of a writerly blog than a general one, which means other stuff floating around inside my muddled … Continue reading

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Google Docs

Anyone who does research – for fiction or non-fiction writing or any other reason – might not be aware of how useful Google Docs can be these days. I don’t use it as a wordprocessing program, but I do often … Continue reading

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The Big Bang

A relatively minor point that cropped up in a manuscript I was recently critiquing inspired today’s posting. The writer described a sound as being a ‘huge bang’, and this is a fairly common thing to see: ‘loud sound’, ‘massive object’, … Continue reading

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