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Tanya Bird
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Writing Prompt - The One That Got Away
As soon as I entered the ticket hall at the station, I knew something was up... I have no idea why, but I could sense something wasn't quite... I don't know. I can't describe it so I don't know why I would even try but let's just leave it at "I knew". What ...

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Writing prompt - A Letter To Writer's Block
In an effort to #justwrite, I have found a list of writing prompts from Writer's Digest  which is a fortnight-long sample of their Writer's Digest Presents a Year of Writing Prompts  and will be giving them a bash over the next while so please bear with me ...

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Create the magic...
A mind-numbing fear of failure mixed with a deafening need for perfectionism means I often start projects that, despite the best of intentions towards, never actually get around to finishing. I am my own worst nightmare. I love the creative projects I start...

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Rainbow ripples
When I was smaller (I'm being very careful here and deliberately not lying to you by saying I was a child, past tense because we both know the lay of the land on that one!) Ahem... When I was smaller, I had a wonderful blanket of many colours I called m...

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How to learn a valuable lesson about the curse of perfectionism
Be a steadfast perfectionist Glance into the corner of your office where there is a ghastly open void Grumble at the blatant waste of space in said corner Design a bespoke shelving unit that fits exactly into that awkward corner, taking very accurate meas...

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Silent Sunday
(all photos taken 2015.08.22)

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Something's not right.
Something's not right with my Book1. I don't know what it is, but I've had this feeling for quite a few months as I've been working on it. Something truly doesn't 'fit' the way I want it to and I don't know if it's best to actually fix it or just leave 'wel...

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How do you know if you're 'original enough'?
This weekend, I was able to spend a fair few hours editing Book1 so that now I just need to update the digital version of the manuscript and I am good to go! (Read: start actually writing the darned thing again.) One of the reasons I have had to spend so mu...

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Two distinct writing styles... Which do you use?
In my, so far very short, time as a writer, I have come across two distinct styles of writing. (I'm sure there are others, but if they don't fall into these two categories, I don't know of them.) One of the styles largely makes use of the writer's immediate...

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The more I read, the more I write. The more I write, the more I read.
Before I ever dreamt of seriously  writing, I used to read all the time. I read everything. Even shampoo and conditioner bottles while in the shower (how much fun I had trying to pronounce all those impossible ingredients!). Everything. When I was about 16 ...
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