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My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014, the same year that the Loch Leven Heritage Trail opened…
I am a slow writer. Others may set daily word targets of hundreds or thousands, I take comfort in a quote from James Joyce…
The way people speak. Even if your words are passing directly from your internal world on to the page, you'll still have heard them in your head first.
For a story to work well, it needs to have five basic elements: a Situation (location, setting), a lead character (hero, protagonist), an objective for that lead character…
When I write, I divide my inner world in two. There’s the writer, and there’s the editor. Often they have an employee-boss working relationship.
Dear Writers, wild ones, For 2019, how about we give a load of stuff up? Let’s bring THE END to the things that aren’t serving our writing. It’s easier to do it together, don’t you think?
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The wind fluttering papery leaves. Eyes screwed up against the bare, white light of December.
This morning at 6am I saw the ‘snow moon’ of February hanging full and weighty in the pre-dawn sky.
How to find language to capture and express the experience?
When I take time to look patiently, words arise.
When I consciously expand my vocabulary, I not only express my experience more aptly, but I also live it more broadly and richly.
Did you know that Scots has at least 421 terms for snow? It’s true!
My picture contains (just) 24 words for the conditions of snow and ice, from Scots, Gaelic, and travellers’ cant.