Category Archives: routine

grow your own writing practice

You often hear writing described as a skill. And a skill is the capacity to do something well, to use expertise built up through practice. Skills are often seen as merely technical, but a skill requires specialist knowledge and often … Continue reading

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book interlude – girls interrupted

One of the big challenges in the way that Barbara and I write together is that it is episodic. Because we live in different parts of the world, we physically manage to get together only two or three times a … Continue reading

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reflection on writing – or – Pavlov’s dog rules

I’m sure we all know the story of Pavlov’s dog. It learnt to salivate at the sound of a metronome/bell. Poor little sod kept on thinking the noise heralded dinner, which it did – but only some of the time. … Continue reading

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