My First Day at Secondary School…

First Day at Secondary School – a short fictional piece I’ll never forget my first day at secondary school. I felt as if I were floating when I walked up the smooth concrete path towards those wide glass doors with their chipped paint. I was aware of the other children staring at me because I…

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What I’m Writing: My Dark Comedy Thriller

An accidental dark comedy thriller This is an excerpt from my dark comedy thriller. I didn’t set out to write a comedy, it just sort of happened. I embarked on this story when I signed up for the Curtis Brown, Starting to Write your Novel course last year. It was a great course, plus I won…

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Novel Writing: Words to Avoid

Words to Avoid like the Plague! As a writer, there are so many words that I’ve been told to avoid, it’s no wonder that I can get any writing done without pausing mid-flow to ask myself: is this on the list of words to avoid? And then there’s the nagging ‘habitual word usage’, whereby you…

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Book Promotion Websites and Free Giveaways

Book Promotion Websites There are plenty of book promotion websites on which you can advertise your free eBook and Kindle countdown deal. Some of these will amass no sales or downloads at all, some will only make a dent, others will make you a sizeable profit. The majority of promotional websites will ask you to…

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The Once Man – A Short Ghost Story for Adults

I wrote The Once Man as part of my assignment for the Curtis Brown novel writing course. The Once Man: A Short Ghost Story I drive down the narrow country road flanked by lofty trees. The road is clear up ahead. I wind down the car window and breathe the damp air. My skin tingles….

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Systems Analyst (Hard and Soft Systems Thinking)

Systems Thinking Approaches Hard Systems Thinking  Hard Systems Thinking is ultimately goal-seeking and focuses on intangible problems, where as soft systems thinking is a qualitative approach to the tangible problems of the real world. Ackoff (1974) concluded that objectivity is “the social product of the open interaction of a wide variety of individual subjectivities.” Hard…

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Write a Novel in 30 Days (NaNoWriMo)

The Write a Novel in 30 Days Challenge It’s that time of year again: the write a novel in 30 days National Novel Writing Month, aka (Nanowrimo). I’ve been neglecting my blog of late. Mainly because I’ve struggled to get into the writing zone.  I can just about manage to churn out a page or two…

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