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The would-be author industry

When I studied for my Masters in Creative Writing years ago, there was a module called Paths to Publication. For this module I wrote an essay about the industry that had sprung up geared towards helping unpublished writers get published. … Continue reading

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The Biggest Obstacle to Writing

What is the biggest obstacle to writing? Lack of time, maybe. Lack of money. Lack of confidence. Lack of ideas. Lack of discipline. Lack of space. Lack of stamina. According to American author and teacher, Joyce Carol Oates, the greatest … Continue reading

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The Meaninglessness of a First Draft

I attended an author’s event recently at which Maggie O’Farrell gave a reading from her latest novel, followed by an interview and Q&A. When asked how many times she drafted her novels, she asked the audience to guess. ‘Twice? Three … Continue reading

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