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5) Beginnings or How to Get People’s Attention by Colin Brush

‘It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell We’re just over the halfway point in my guide to writing blurbs and you’re probably wondering when we’re going to get around … Continue reading

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2) What’s the Story? by Colin Brush

The second in a series of how-to posts by Colin Brush ‘Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.’ TV review of The Wizard … Continue reading

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1) How to Sell Your Book in a Few Words by Colin Brush

This is the beginning of a series of weekly how-to posts by Colin Brush. Follow this blog to get all the instalments. ‘If you think you have a book evolving, now is the time to write the flap copy – … Continue reading

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The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

A hundred years ago, when I was a little girl (all right, the late 1970s), I used to draw Blake’s 7 stick man cartoons. Blake’s 7, you see, was my very favourite TV programme, and more than anything else I … Continue reading

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How (Not) to Write a Steampunk Novel by Gaie Sebold

Originally posted on May 20, 2014 on Jacey Bedford’s blog To start with, I didn’t actually really intend to write what ended up as a fantasy Victorian spy adventure, with a trickster heroine, set partly in 19th century Shanghai.  It … Continue reading

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Books on Writing: What Writers Need (the Nitty-Gritty) by Tiffani Angus

I teach writing at the university level—BA, MA, and PhD. What this means is that in addition to my students having to write creatively they also have to write academically, usually in the form of an analysis of their creative … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations

Just in time for Christmas here are some book recommendations from Milford committee members past and present. They are books that we’ve read this year (not necessarily books published this year). Contributors: Karen Brenchley, Jacey Bedford, David Gullen, Jim Anderson, … Continue reading

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Happy Book Day to Me by Jacey Bedford

Rowankind’s publication date has been shunted forward to 27th November which means it’s out NOW. Today, in fact! Happy Book Day to me. You can buy it from that big store named after a South American river, or (depending on … Continue reading

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Traps of World Building by David Gullen

It occurred to me that the one great challenge of world-building is that you are, in fact, building a world. What to put in? What to leave out? I’ve recently been reading The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to becoming … Continue reading

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The Parallels Between Singing and Writing by Jacey Bedford

This is all about lessons learned and applied I used to be a folk singer. No–correction–I am a folk singer, I just don’t do it as a full-time job any more, but even though I’ve officially retired from the road … Continue reading

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