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  • NaNoWriMo: Write Because You Enjoy It

    When I mentioned to my husband that I liked to write (quite some time ago) he was rather excited, thinking that I might be the next JK Rowling and make enough money from one book to live off for the rest of our lives. I soon set him right on that front, but I found that afterwards when I was...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Quantity Not Quality

    During NaNoWriMo, word count is king. There is no time for crafting poetic prose and absolutely no shame in churning out crap. In fact, by signing up for NaNoWriMo you give yourself express permission to write a whole lot of crap - for the entire month of November. And that’s the premise of...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Look At Me I'm So Clever!

    Have you written something really clever? Is it so full of brilliant metaphors and awe-inspiring imagery that it’s bound to win every literary prize going? (If the judges understand it, you’re much cleverer than them.) If the answer is yes, bin it, you’ve almost certainly written something really...

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  • Part 2 - Crime scene investigations at the library

    Linlithgow librarian Chris Morrison follows up last week's blog with a fantastic idea to develop information literacy skills. Murder most horrid has occurred again, and the pupils will need a whole range of skills to nab the killer! The French Blue Mystery is an information literacy program run in...

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  • NaNoWriMo: The Evil Witches Cauldron of Adjectives

    My piece of advice is to tell you to get out the scissors and cut out all the unnecessary descriptive words that are cluttering up your story. Be warned, this will go against every fibre in your body. Most of us were taught at primary school to be as descriptive and flowery as possible. And most of...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Creating Characters That Breathe

    Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. HENRIK IBSEN Now, that is quite a tall order Mr Ibsen - every wrinkle? But he does make an excellent point. The best characters are those that have depth to...

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