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Story: Pete’s Fish

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The sunlight strobed across still, rippling sea, the reflection dazzling Pete’s eyes. Distracted, his half-full wine bottle toppled off the wooden picnic bench, exploding on the pale concrete.

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Keep Your Writing Clear and Short

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It’s not worth going into this topic in too much detail, as everything about it is pretty obvious. In short, you need to keep your writing clear and concise.

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Should You Bother Entering Writing Competitions?

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I hate losing. I understand I’m not alone in this sentiment, but loss does instill a feeling of loneliness. So when I enter a competition, I have to do so knowing I have a fighting chance of winning. This usually means having an idea of┬ámy opponents ability.

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Find a Pen You Love for Writing

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Writing here┬árecently about diary writing and journaling, it struck me that I’d overlooked a very important aspect.

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Save Time Writing: Automate Your Research

Google has made the act of researching material for journalism so much simpler. The same can be said for fiction, too, although you might approach that in a different way. But while a search engine is useful, it’s not ideal for daily, regular searches on similar topics.

What you need is an app or service that does your research for you.

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The Time I Wrote a Sitcom

Back in (I think) 2010, I was invited by a friend, Gareth Kavanagh, to submit a script for The First Manchester Sitcom Trials, taking place in The Lass O’Gowrie pub in Manchester.

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The Time Has Come to Share Some Freelance Writing Tips

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I first started freelancing back in 2004 as a way to generate extra income for my impending wedding.

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Keeping a Diary – 12 Months Later

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It recently occurred to me that that time I’ve put aside to write a diary for the past 12 months — since January 1st 2016 — could just as easily have been used to talk a bit more right here.

So I’ve decided to do both.

2016 was a memorable year for many reasons, not least Brexit, Bowie and Trump.

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