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THE ONE

The One is a 1454 word short story about a woman whose previous partner left her for another woman but finds happiness with Jack, who loves her unconditionally.

OUTTAKES: JUST SAY IT

I've been having one final, brutal, word cull of the final draft. This is one of the scenes I've cut when my MC realises her life is stagnating and I would like to share it with you.

HANGING ON TO YOUR SELF BELIEF

By the time dawn came around, my self-belief had taken a nose dive and I was considering giving up writing and doing something less stressful, like bungee jumping. But, writing is a leap into the unknown.  You need to constantly keep challenging yourself, bumbling along in the inside lane is not going to get you anywhere. “Do one thing every day that scares you."  Eleanor Roosevelt. Test your mettle on a daily basis, you will never know whether how good you are until you take that leap of faith.

BOOK EXTRACT: Just Say It

Just Say It is my first attempt at writing a novel.  It is the bittersweet story of Lisa Grant who struggles to overcome the emotional impact her narcissistic mother has had on her life.  She holds herself back from committing to a long-term relationship because she is terrified of turning into her mother, until the day she finally manages to say the words I love you.

And… Three Title Changes Later…

Just shy of 4 years and 3 title changes... I'm getting there. #iamwriting

WELCOME TO THE DIDSBROOK WRITERS GROUP

An Honest Review is about a writers group somewhere in the Home Counties. I must stress that this is a work of fiction and any resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental. Over the next few weeks, I am planning to introduce you to the members of the Didsbrook Writers Group, in the hope that you might grow to love them as much as I do.

CRITIQUES: Taking Them on the Chin

As agonising as critiques can be, they are a vital part of our development as writers.  If we don't take feedback on the chin, we will never learn to master the craft.

DEFINING MOMENTS TEASER – FREEDOM

Lisa Grant leaves the UK to start a new life in The Algarve working at her Father's vineyard. When her ancient landrover breaks down at the Portsmouth ferry terminal unreliable old flame, Rory arrives and is also headed for Portugal, so they continue their journey together deciding to take their time driving through Spain and Portugal.

DEFINING MOMENTS TEASER – QUADRAGENARIAN

Extract from Defining Moments... the morning after the night of Lisa Grant's fortieth birthday.

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