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A poem for the morning after the night before.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 16 June 2019
Writers in English love playing about with words, often withhumour and to take a dig at the more po-faced or traditionalist among us. I amsure it is not just an English speaking and writing phenomenon, but my languageskills are so limited that I can’t put it to the test. I’ve been sorting through th...

Meet Author Robert Hoppensteadt

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 12 June 2019
I meet a lot of interesting people on this blog, who have come to writing along very different routes. Robert says he sobered up when he was thirty five and really started thinking about writing again then.  It had been an old dream that got lost in the chaos.  Before that he had a lot of different ...

Meet Author David W. Thompson

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 09 June 2019
David W. Thompson is married, and the proud grandfather of twelve. He loves fishing, hiking and kayaking (well, pretty much everything outdoors). Indoors he enjoys woodcarving (and has even won an award or two) and makes his own fruit wines. He attended classes at the University of Maryland Universi...

Plain – or Plane – Sailing?

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 02 June 2019
Last month there was an article in The Times titled Turning a boat into artwork isn’t plain sailing. This prompted a curt letter to the editor from a retired merchant naval captain who said that the term was plane sailing not plain sailing. Plane sailing, he explained was ‘a simple method of sailing...

Writing Dialogue – What To Do.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 22 May 2019
In my last post I talked about three things you SHOULD NOTdo when writing dialogue. I.e.: Don’t go overboard using alternatives to the verb – to say.Don’t overdo accents, slang and cursing.Don’t let a character’s speech slide into too much explanation as a way of moving the plot forward. Here are th...

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