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Festilitt – Parisot Literary Festival

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Where’s Parisot? It’s a hilltop village in Tarn-et-Garonne, Southwest France. You could be forgiven – but would be mistaken – for passing it by. Mistaken, not only because it has some interesting historical sites to see, but also because it hosts an Anglo-French literary festival every October.

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Writing tips

8 Stocking Fillers for Writers and Readers

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What would you like in your Christmas stocking this year? A three-book contract with one of the big ones, perhaps? You can’t get those at Amazon or Waterstones, unfortunately. Decorative notebooks are always handy, if a bit predictable, but I hate sullying them with my scrawl, so several unused ones languish in my desk drawer.

There are still a few shopping days to Christmas, so here are some other suggestions you can give your nearest and dearest – or ask them to give you – for writing and reading accessories.

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Magazines Writers Abroad

@WritersAbroad Magazine Issue 5 out Today

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The latest issue of Writers Abroad Magazine: The Third Space is published today. The magazine showcases writing by the members of this online community for ex-pat writers. You can read it online or download a PDF copy directly to read at your leisure. It’s free! You can also read the four previous issues – just click on the magazine icon in the LH sidebar.

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Magazines Writers Abroad

Writers Abroad Magazine 4th Issue Published Today

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The latest issue of Writers Abroad Magazine: The Third Space is published today. You can read it online or download a PDF copy directly to read at your leisure. 

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Author interviews Writing tips

Write Despite – Procrastination

Sunset on Corsica - well worth procrastinating for
Sunset on Corsica – well worth procrastinating for

Fellow Crooked Cat author Margaret K. Johnson has invited me onto her blog today to take part in her ‘Write Despite‘ series, in which women writers talk about their writing challenges and how they address them. So I’ve focused on a topic close to my heart – procrastination – about which I wrote on this blog not so long ago.

Read more here:

Margaret is a novelist who explores the theme of women triumphing over adversity in her writing. She also runs courses that focus on triumphing over adversity in order to write, or using writing to overcome adversity.

You might also like:

In Praise of Procrastination
10 Thoughts About Blogging Part 1
10 Thoughts About Blogging Part 2

 

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Writing tips

In Praise of Procrastination

View from the window - an invitation to procrastinate
View from the window – an invitation to procrastinate

I am a procrastinator par excellence. My motto is, “Why do something today if you can put it off until tomorrow?” I wrote my university essays at midnight, fuelled by industrial-strength coffee; I submit my competition entries at the last minute; and I’m often to be found tapping away frantically with a client’s deadline looming only hours away.

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Writing tips

10 Thoughts about Blogging Part 2

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Where the blogging gets done

Here’s part two of my post about blogging. You can find part 1 with thoughts 1-5 here. I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I have several years of blogging and a lot of trial and even more error behind me.

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Writing tips

10 Thoughts about Blogging Part 1

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Genoese tower on Cap Corse. Corsica provides me with endless inspiration

I’ve been blogging for around six years and I maintain not one blog, but two. I’ll explain why below. When I first started, I barely knew what a blog was. The learning curve was vertiginous – and you learn new things all the time.

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Historical Fiction Novels

How was it for you?

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This blog has been a bit quiet recently, but there’s a reason for that. Along with countless others, I emerged from National Novel Writing Month on 30th November, having just about snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. I hit the requisite 50K words on 25th November, but I’m still feeling a bit shell-shocked.

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Fiction Novels

NaNo or NoNo? How to Survive National Novel Writing Month

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Is it that time of year again? Well not quite, but it comes upon you before you know it. Having spent the past few months on paid work, my fiction-typing fingers are tingling and the ideas are flowing. I need space to write and I can’t do it with clients and deadlines snapping at my heels.

But now the next deadline is looming – National Novel Writing Month (NaNo for short). A recent, and timely, conversation in a Facebook group made me think about it.