Archive | March 2012
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We’re all guilty of using crutch words when we write, words that we reach for when we’re stuck for ways to describe objects, people or surroundings. These words are fine for filling a hole now and again – in fact, sometimes there is no natural substitute for them. But they weaken your writing because they’re […]
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I’ve been giving creative writing workshops on and off for the last three years. Anyone who has dealings with teenagers may wonder if I’m mad. But I believe there’s more to teenagers than hysterical headlines and temper tantrums. I believe they deserve to be taken seriously and that the time is ripe to harness their […]
Like many bookworms, I’m in the middle of two books at the moment. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell revolves around an apartment block in modern-day Manhattan. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is set in the court of King Henry the Eighth. On the surface, these are two very different books. Yet in […]