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Barbara Henderson


How to cut the clichés

What’s the cliché that drives you mad? And how do you get rid of cliché in your own writing?

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Reading for a dark and stormy night…

What’s your seasonal scare, your holiday horror or your festive fright? What fiction are you hoping will see you through the winter? And what would you recommend?

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A Place for Writing

Here is my challenge: set up your own ‘mini residency’ by choosing somewhere you’ve never visited before. Go there for an afternoon (or two) and give yourself a deadline to produce something from it. And just see what happens…

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Imagine not reading…

I follow many avid readers on social media and so I tend to see at least one daily post about the importance of books in people’s lives.To the book addict, anyone who doesn’t share their passion can feel almost alien. We simply can’t begin to imagine why anyone would close themselves off to all that pleasure and enlightenment.

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To Read or Not to Read…

‘Which should I do? Read, or write?… There’s not much of a record, in the memoirs of writers, about the tension I have just described, the silent competition between reading and writing. I don’t know if many writers feel it. I do know some writers seem to resent reading, to resent literature even – as if it were unfair competition.’

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Adaptations – A Thing Apart!

‘If you really love a book and become involved in it, you almost have a film in your head. Someone else’s interpretation can be disconcerting and disappointing, so best to view them separately.’
What are the best screen adaptations of a book? And the worst? Let me know!

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Show Some Emotion

There is a recurring issue I notice when reading through students’ work on all the creative courses I’ve taught.
It is a flatness to the writing, brought about by a reluctance to show emotion in a character.

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A Radical Past

There is something of an assumption made about children’s historical time fantasy. It is that it is a generally conservative genre (or sub-genre, depending on your point of view).

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Questions, questions

I’m becoming very aware of the questions that interest readers. It’s perhaps not surprising that the same questions come up again and again. What is surprising is the nature of those common themes and just how many readers are concerned with issues that to the author seem, at best, tangential.

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Seeing yourself in a story

Have you ever seen ‘yourself’ in a book?

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