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Unselfish Ambitions?

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Creativity is marvellous, isn’t it? When I sit to write my mind wanders in many directions, frequently to the absurd. I don’t like to remain there though; I like to connect original ideas with the realm of the familiar. Diverge, then converge. Find points of connection, but not always where people expect them. Take, for example, the idea of eating a banquet in Heaven. There you are, seated at a long table, all kinds of amazing people nearby, and you realise that today you are at the writers’ table. What fun! As a special treat, you are not only with amazing writers of every kind from all of history and across the globe; you’ve been sat next to a biblical writer. An author of one of the actual Books of the Bible. Gasping in astonishment, you turn to the chap at your side and grin. Nothing. You cannot place him. Of course, language is no longer a barrier, so you ask him to give you a clue. ‘Tell me something you’ve written,’ you say, hoping his white beard and twinkly eyes might betr

The Second Edition - When is it needed?

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Sometime soon, a second edition of my first book, which was self-published, should be gracing the online bookshelves (and hopefully some physical ones too.) So, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learnt in considering the publishing of second editions. If you’re traditionally published, whether or not you can do this is likely not your call (unless you reclaim the rights to your original manuscript) so I’ll stick mainly to how it works with self-publishing here. So, when might you publish a second edition? There are three main times: You change publisher The material has significantly changed i.e. a fresh edit or a revision to bring a non-fiction book up to date. You wish to change your Pen name or Book Title As regards number 1, there are a few potential scenarios here: a) A change in your publishing imprint’s name b) The aforementioned reclaiming of your rights to a manuscript from a publisher and subsequent decision to self-publish the same book, and c) The opposit

A Good Excuse for a Holiday!

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  I was reminded by Syd’s actions the other day that I definitely need a PR/promotions manager.   As my husband is not a writer, I tend to mildly smile at his suggestions and do my own thing. At that moment I caught a glimpse of how he could help me in my writing projects. When I showed him my latest devotional “Lent and Easter” he said, “Why don’t you order another 20 copies and give them away to anyone at church who wants them. I will stand up and tell the people what it is about.” Our Pentecostal church doesn’t usually celebrate Lent in quite the same way as the more traditional churches, so an explanation was needed. Well, I did just that. To my surprise there was quite a lot of interest so I had to order another 20 copies to meet the demand. It was then that I started to think about the relationship of us writers to the world around us. We sit in our comfortable caves writing and scribbling absorbed in our world only dashing out to pick up the kids and fulfill urgent appointments,

The Perfect Job? By Georgie Tennant

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One of the things I’m enjoying most in my job at the moment is teaching Shakespeare to the younger students. I have to say, whilst many bemoan Shakespeare and question why students have to “suffer,” his works in this modern age, being in a classroom with these wonderful 11, 12 and 13 year olds is a reminder that there is still much joy to be had in experiencing a Shakespeare play. Take Year 7, for example. The scene: it’s Wednesday Period 4. This is just before lunch. They’re a bit jiggly because they’re hungry (lunch is 1:15 where I work). We’re reading A Midsummer Night's Dream , looking at Oberon and Titania, rowing over the changling boy, analysing a particular passage. “Miss,” one student pipes up. “When it says “I hath forsworn his bed and his company,” does it mean she won’t sleep with him?!” I confirm her suspicions, to the delight of the class. “He’s sleeping on the couch!” another calls out. We all laugh, myself included. Now its Period 5 and Year 8 are piling in. The Tem

Inside the whale

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      Whale photo: Thanks to Pixabay It's dark inside the whale, but then, what did you expect? There's a soft dampness to the floor and a smell you can't quite place. Sometimes you find yourself up-ended and rolling about. There's the occasional glimpse of the doors, sorry, jaws, opening, but the outside doesn't look any more pleasant than the inside. In fact it looks scarily sloshy, and you never did like swimming in cold water. You wish there was something or someone to cling on to. Then you realise that actually, there is.  ***** Some people plan their stories and books with the meticulousness of a scientific researcher. I admire them. By the time they are ready to start the first draft, the problems have been faced, addressed and conquered, and the worst is over. Now it's simply a question of telling, or perhaps retelling, the whole tale with brilliant imagery and sparkling prose. (Stop! Don't mob me. I know it's not that easy!!) However... I think

An Introduction

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This is my first piece for More Than Writers , although I’ve been writing my own blog under the title Dancing Through Chaos since 2016*.   I think the protocol is that after thanking you for inviting me – which I do wholeheartedly – I introduce myself; so here we go.      I’ve b een writing pretty much since I could hold a pencil, and was the kind of child who would have been happy with back-to-back creative writing sessi ons in the school timetable.   I never really understood numbers, but words fascinated me.   Books were a staple in our household, with a dedicated bookcase on the family landing stuffed full to bursting, and changed twice a year for a suitcase of fresh goodies we three sisters had almost forgotten about.                                       Me hoping the timetable is back-to-back creative writing lessons in 1976      I always anticipated becoming an English teacher, but flirted with various other options before completing a BA(Hons) degree in Drama, Theatre and Tel

Shameless self-promotion by Annie Try

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  Shameless self-promotion That’s a good title, isn’t it? And now you are expecting a wonderful ‘how to’ blog teaching you how to become well-known and sell millions of books.  Sorry. Let me tell you how good I am at self-promoting. I am in Kent (I live in Norfolk) visiting my brother today and husband Ken’s brother tomorrow.  I had the thought before I came that it would be an excellent idea to find a bookshop or two while I’m here and introduce myself and my books. I still think that’s quite a good idea, but unfortunately I have failed to arrive with any books to promote, and have realised I don’t have a single bookmark with me.  It’s a longstanding underlying problem. When I meet a new person I don’t even call myself a writer but tend to say I’m a retired clinical psychologist. True, but people tend to back away or sometimes ask me if I am psycho-analysing them NOW. Although there was one occasion when I went to join friends in a pub to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday an