Archive for September 2015

Politics and Spirituality for a balanced life

Sep 29th, 2015 | By

By Daniela Norris As a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom – inspirational author and speaker – I often get asked: how do politics and spirituality go together? And I usually answer: they go together brilliantly, thank you very much. If the person posing the question has more than a moment

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How do people really talk?

Sep 27th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown I listen to people a lot, and I read a lot of books. People in books do not talk in any way like people in real life. This is as well because in real life, people stumble around a lot, have awkward pauses, use no grammar worth mentioning and spend a lot

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Why it’s good to flaunt your reading habit

Sep 25th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown Lots of young people don’t read, or only read when their school teachers require it of them. Books, for many kids, are what you do under sufferance, and this is a tragedy. Young people who read develop a broader sense of the world, and learn to empathise more with others. A few

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Featured book: The Positively Productive Writer

Sep 23rd, 2015 | By

‘My piece was rejected. I should give up writing, yes?’ NO! As a creative writing tutor, workshop facilitator and regular speaker at writers circles, Simon Whaley frequently comes across this statement from prospective writers. But drawing upon his own writing experience of over twenty years, the last seven as a full-time freelance writer, Simon knows

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Imaginary people are saying things in my head

Sep 21st, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown It’s a strange business, being a writer. Some of it, is about careful, deliberate thinking. The plotting. The development of a structure for your book. The editing. A lot of the time there are sensible, technical things to be getting on with. Some of the time, there are imaginary people having conversations

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Why Do I Write?

Sep 19th, 2015 | By

By Elen Sentier Why do I do it? Well, I’m utterly addicted! It has nothing to do with money and I’d still be doing it even if nobody ever read any of it. But the joy of somebody reading the story, is so good. If they actually contact me and tell me they enjoyed it

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Books on sale in September

Sep 15th, 2015 | By

The following titles will be on eBook promotion of 0.99 for the entirety of September. In Collecting Feathers, Daniela I. Norris blends pitch-perfect storytelling and a keen spiritual awareness to bring us a beautiful and haunting set of tales from the beyond. A feast for the heart, mind and soul, each story is layered with unfolding intrigue,

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What do I get out of writing?

Sep 13th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown Recently, Krystina Kellingley blogged here about what she sees as the payoff for writing. So, what’s in it for me? Why do I do this? It’s not the vast riches, it would be fair to say. I work with words, in various ways, but being a fiction author does not, on its

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New for September: Grendel’s Mother

Sep 11th, 2015 | By

An amber bead. A gold and glass drinking horn. A ring engraved with Thor’s hammer – all artifacts from a Germanic tribe that carved a space for itself through brutality and violence on a windswept land. Brimhild weaves peace and conveys culture to the kingdom, until the secret of her birth threatens to tear apart

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The Payoff to Writing?

Sep 9th, 2015 | By

By Krystina Kellingley As often as is manageable, aspiring authors stop work at the end of their working day and then … get down to work! Why? What is it that motivates someone to spend long, solitary hours putting words on paper, when they know that at the end of writing their novel/story/poem they’re likely

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