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Must a writer be young?

Originally posted on Elizabeth Mapstone: It's never too late…:
I was 6 when decided to be a writer.  World War II was in full swing, and my father was away in the army, so I planned to cheer him…

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Will this find a Reader?

‘A warm and yet harrowing tale of love and loss, jealousy and betrayal, with a mystery at its heart. Through a tantalising weave of character and plot, Mapstone keeps us guessing to the end . . . The qualities in her prose are worth reading … Continue reading

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Who will read my new book?

  A tale of love and loss, betrayal and treachery, with an added element of mystery. That is a summary of The Amazon’s Girdle, which is now being prepared for publication. But who are your readers? I keep being asked. … Continue reading

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The Amazon’s Girdle is coming soon

At last I can show off the beautiful cover designed by Ana Grigoriu for my novel, The Amazon’s Girdle. I am so pleased with it, I just had to post the thumbnail she sent, even though I probably should wait … Continue reading

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Writing as a craft

Writing as a craft.

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Writing as a craft

Today I found a blog by Rob Triggs on the craft of writing descriptions and I have shared it on my blog below. (For some obscure reason he titled his World Leader Pretend.) I very much like his numerous examples … Continue reading

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World leader pretend

Originally posted on A Writer's Life:
Building a world is not just about fantastical kingdoms or the sins of a solar empire. It’s about the mood you sprinkle throughout every bit of your story. And you can create the…

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Aspiring Author is Back

Abject apologies to all those who read my earlier posts. There has been a noticeable silence ever since March, as this Old Dog struggled to learn some new tricks. My earlier blogs were all about Hilary Mantel, an author I … Continue reading

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Of bloody ink and ghosts

Yesterday, I posted a blog in praise of Hilary Mantel, but included an error in the title of the autobiography to which I referred; I had recently read both. Ink in the Blood is a wonderful title, and so appropriate … Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel’s Dark Literary Mantle

Though I read almost every novel Hilary Mantel published in the early days, it was because I admired rather than enjoyed her books. Madness, cruelty, cowardice and petty deceit seemed to permeate her pages, and even when one found a … Continue reading

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