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Splinter and Cut – getting past the first draft, and a free desktop wallpaper

So, I got past the first hurdle. I wrote the first draft of a novel. But this isn’t new news. The new news is about the editing. Yes, I’m editing. Before I started writing the first draft, I hadn’t really… read more...
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The black cloud of the creative block and 10 ways to beat it

It looms up on you without you even noticing. One day you’re typing/scribbling/arting away, the next you can barely lift your head under the weight of creative-sapping purple jellyfish, leaning on your shoulders and sucking ideas from your brain. And… read more...
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Taking criticism and not punching people

Days, weeks, months, or even years of hard labour have been poured out of your sweating soul and plastered into the thing that sits before you. Your creation, your baby, all polished up and ready to present to the world… read more...
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The seven deadly sins of the web

Well, maybe not deadly exactly, but definitely annoying… really annoying (*to me). So annoying, in fact, that even the go-compare advert man playing that song (you know, that song, the one that gets on your nerves) on a kazoo seems… read more...
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Job Hunting – published in National Flash Fiction Day’s FlashFlood Journal

This has been a good week for my writing – I actually typed the words ‘The End’ on the first draft of my novel (not cheating and skipping chapters or anything like that, it genuinely had reached the last full… read more...
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