Category: Writing

Windbag or What? The Three C’s of Good Writing

Take a look at that, you pompous windbag …. from Disney’s Cinderella (1950) A few years ago at work, I sent an email to one of the companies we dealt with on a daily basis to tell them why I did not agree with a decision they had made […]

(A Writer’s) Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

I love the Malorie Blackman quote we posted earlier today about writing from the heart, because that is what it is all about. I have written on a freelance basis for years, since writing a weekly satirical column for a local rag in my early twenties. I have co-authored two, serious, […]

QOTD – Malorie Blackman – Write from the heart …

Write from the heart as well as the head.  Write about what makes you angry, what moves you to tears, the things about which you feel passionately.  If you feel it when you write, others will feel it when they read. Malorie Blackman, OBE (born 8 February 1962) […]

AWOL – The Excuses

There is no getting away from it.  I drifted away from Lost Blogs for over a week, the blog dates do not give me an opportunity to fib about the day I actually wrote and posted them.  OK, I could never be classified as a prolific blogger at the best […]

Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do – Irma Kurtz

Jersey is currently being treated to its first Connections: Jersey Festival of Words.  A five-day Literary Festival. Some of the literary talent that have come over to inspire and broaden our minds include: Rachel Bridge – How to make a million before lunch and Simon Barnes – Ten Million […]

Esther Newton’s 10 Word Story Challenge

Just in case you think I have lost the plot … again … I can’t resist responding to Ester Newton’s 10 word story challenge using the following words … Serendipity Illicit Dollop Hullabaloo Shrubbery Squelch Priminister Gargantuan This is it: One squelch in the shrubbery led to a gargantuan hullabaloo. […]

Writing … as your fans sleep ;)

Happiness is writing outdoors … on a beautiful day …. with your two biggest fans either side … sleeping as you write ….

Bad Blogger

I have just got back from holiday.  I can generally manage at least a couple of blogs, in between eating, sleeping, sunbathing, intermittent reading and a lot of writing (other stuff).  Unfortunately, our Internet connection was such that I couldn’t upload. A bad blogger I may be but a fully functioning […]

Can I do It?

Am having a confidence crisis? This is not Writer’s Block for once as I can’t stop writing.  This is something I want so badly, but can I actually pull it off?  Is my storyline strong enough?  I think self doubt is worse than Writer’s Block!  Arghhhh!

Work in Progress – Light fuse and stand well back

Following a highly motivating creative writing weekend hosted by Adrienne Dines and Barbara Large of Creative Words Matter recently, my creative juices have positively begun to ooze. I have picked up one, of my many, Works in Progress and literally cannot put it down.  It is a piece that I […]

I am having a Purple Patch and loving it!

I have blogged about Writer’s Block several times.  Those awful periods when you can’t see the keyboard through the fog. The times when I feel that I have so much going on inside my head, I just can squeeze the words out onto the page.  Saturated brain.  On many occasions I have been […]

Man’s Best Friend (MBS) – Writers Workshop 5-7th June 2015

Like Tessa, I had such a great time at MBS’s Writers Workshop this weekend and made a lot of new friends, especially Dachsi McWhorter – seen here working on his manuscript. I have told him it would be much easier if he bought himself a laptop and learned to […]

Jersey Art’s Centre – Writer’s Workshop 5-7th June 2015

My weekend Creative Writing Workshop with Barbara Large and Adrienne Dines at Jersey’s Arts Centre comes to an end today and I will be bereft. What an inspiration these ladies are when it comes to generating enthusiasm. This Workshop came at the perfect time for me.  I have suitcases […]

Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public – Paulo Coelho

Cassie and I are both taking part in writer’s workshops this weekend which start on Friday night.    So, given that most of our blogging is done at the weekends, there might be a little bit of a posting lull over the next few days, but we will […]

Who Are Bloggers?

Love this – even though it is very to close to the bone!


galoot noun. an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person Fortunately, it does not translate into Mongolian I hope galoot doesn’t describe me. I maybe a little wacky, a little awkward at times, but I am no fool, even if I am irritating myself at the moment due to these […]

Unblocking the Block

During a five-minute car journey, my head is alive with plot twists and conflicts, but after rushing home and sitting in front of the keyboard, the big freeze takes over my brain.


Maya Angelou – 4th April 1928 to May 28th 2014 “What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I […]

Breaking The Block

I seem to be having problems with my palabras and I am in a panic. I am more than capable of churning out a 1000 words a day and generally after a day’s work. I may stay up most of the night to achieve it but I get […]

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