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The story Lessons

Stories teach us some contradictory lessons. One of the commonest is that, if we don’t stick up for ourselves, if we sit back and wait, if we’re polite and don’t rock the social boat, a hero will come along and do the right thing on our behalf. The movie Hidden Figures is just such a […] Read more…

On Work as the joy of writing

There are many ways in which I feel out of step with the century. The latest is the idea that writing can or should be easy. I’ve heard a few people say this. They sign up for workshops, lured by the teacher’s assurance that writing is easy. These students are tired of hearing that writing […] Read more…

The Absent Muse

I woke in the middle of the night and thought with deepening unhappiness about the absence of my muse. I’ve got three novels circling in my head, all ready to write – well, two are, not sure about THE DISAPPEARING WOMEN – but when I try, they vanish. Some writers think the way forward in […] Read more…

The pertinent question

Last night I finally asked myself the pertinent question: what are my FB posts really doing? The answer surprised me. They’re a diary. I’ve never been a diarist. I tried once or twice and gave up in boredom. A daily record of my life didn’t satisfy me. But what I do on FB engages me. […] Read more…

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