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Ready, steady, write

A friend who's started to write asked me for secret insider knowledge for newbies. Like most first drafts, I made a hash of it, so here is an edited version. The main point is: there is no right way to write, we all find our own by trial and error. Advice on writing should be treated with the same polite irreverence as advice about your love life. Except this: Write. Get started, see what happens. It’s unlikely that your first pages will be your masterpiece, so you might as well have fun. Be playful, experiment, learn. Read. Read whatever makes you feel alive and engaged. Notice how you’re responding and figure out why. (If you enjoy that, you could review books too.) Keep a journal. Collect

Painting a rainbow

How lucky I am to see rainbows every day - posted in windows and painted on gates, chalked on pavements. They make me smile. I carry their hope and gratitude with me. This is my painting of a rainbow. Credit: Jason Leung on Unsplash The making of a rainbow sounds a bit like magic to me – drops of rainwater bending and bouncing sunlight into its secret colours. Seeing one is a lucky coincidence of time and place. Nobody sees quite the same rainbow - each one is personal - but chase as you might (and I’ve tried) you can’t catch them. Rainbows attract beautiful myths. They're a goddess bridge, for Iris or Anuenue to bring us heavenly messages. A shimmering path up to Asgard. Renewal of a divine

 
 
 
About

Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.

 

You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

 
 
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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

 
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