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Effective Content Marketing Pays Every Time
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Today I was listening to a podcast from Deloitte University Press, as you do. This was my relaxation after a tough day; strange but true. My content marketing hat was definitely jammed on my head as I listened to the…
Is Commercial Writing a Career Option for You?
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Would you like to be a commercial writer? We hope these top tips will help you on your way 🙂 If you’ve toyed with the idea of earning a living through your creativity you may well have dismissed the thought as a…
LinkedIn Groups are such valuable resources says Vivienne Neale
CV Writing CV Updates Do It!
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CV updates? Erm…     A client asked me for a CV out of the blue last week. I have to admit I’ve been too busy working to think about updating it. With some dismay I realized this important document…
Set Up Your Own Writing Retreat In Your Head And Improve Your Creativity
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I have been continuing to read Peter Ackroyd’s biography of  TS Eliot and it really is affecting my world picture. What has been on my mind recently I grew up believing the whole patriarchal concept of ‘genius’  and felt very strongly that The Wasteland was…
Vaguely Creative Things To Try 11-20
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Good morning!  It’s cool and bright at the writer’s retreat – the poppies have vanished more’s the pity, the peach tree top collapsed under the weight of peaches in the middle of the night and I think there’s a metaphor…
Keeping A Writing Journal Changes Everything
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If you embark on  writing a journal it is best not to read it back for at least three weeks. It’s a bit like putting some clear water between you and the shore, that sense of distance will, of course, aid…
Authorative Discourse Over Dinner At a Writing Retreat
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We all possess a voice that has been internalised. This probably happened a very long time ago and you can probably remember very clearly what those voices said to you. ‘You can’t do that; no one in our family has…
Optimism, writing and TED talks
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If you were feeling a bit down about the progress of your work, perhaps you might like to watch this: It’s a beautifully sunny day in Portugal and the weather this week has been 37 degrees C -phew!
Beginner’s Luck – Perjorative comment of the year!
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I Spit on Beginner’s Luck! The term ‘beginner’s luck’ can be one of the most hurtful and disparaging, often said in a moment of envy by someone who has plenty of experience and is often miffed by a newcomer’s success.…
Perspective, narrative arch, whatever you call it, think about it the writers retreat suggests
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Why is perspective so important, not only in fiction? I treated myself to a DVD ( I still buy them you know, can’t help it!) and settled down on Friday evening after a tough week’s work to watch ‘The Other Boleyn…