Tag: Edinburgh

How Scotland could save civilization

How Scotland could save civilization

[ 0 ] January 19, 2017 |

I write this piece hoping that you can take inspiration from Scotland, as I have — in case you’re despairing of what one individual can possibly do to fight back, as we all head into the darkness of a presidency that should never have been.

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Snapchat vlog on manuscript revisions – Week 3

Snapchat vlog on manuscript revisions – Week 3

[ 0 ] February 26, 2016 |

Latest instalment of my revision vlog! This week I’m grappling with rewrites on the first five chapters of my new book. I’m hating how hard it is to write exposition, and loving our weird-cool trip to a plague exhibition in the National Library of Scotland, with a peek at plants used for medicinal purposes.

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Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop means a big leap forward

Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop means a big leap forward

[ 3 ] December 9, 2015 |

Having re-discovered the astounding wonder of a full night’s sleep, I’m determined to catch a few insights from the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop I just attended in California, while they’re still fresh. But if you read no further, read this: it’s a workshop you will love if you’re serious about a career in children’s writing.

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How to get the best from a critique

How to get the best from a critique

[ 6 ] October 1, 2014 |

Critiquing is never comfortable for a writer. Your ego and your dreams for the manuscript are on the line when you pass your work-in-progress to another person and ask for constructive feedback. But it’s a necessary evil – and, if you think about it, it’s not evil at all. Critiques are the route to making your story as clear and compelling as it can be. And that’s what you want, right?

‘Getting the best from critiques’” was the topic of our teach-in here at SCBWI Southeast Scotland on 27 September in Edinburgh. Click here to read the tips we swapped.

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