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Author Archives: Nicola Stevens

Looking for dialogue – Part 1

What drives me to want to use dialogue in non-fiction writing project? One year, two months and three days late I finally manage to post a blog about my efforts to find sources for real dialogue that can be used in non-fiction writing.     Action novels and deliciously trashy domestic stories have lots of dialogue that … Continue reading »

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The Mysteries of Early 18th Century Living

Last weekend institutional buildings and private homes were generously made available to nose around as part of the annual London Open House 2014.    With so many choices I settled on a private house in Soho; 68 Dean Street built in 1732 to help give me an idea of the house and living conditions that … Continue reading »

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Where to next with Joseph?

I have just come back from the dentist who cheerfully informed me that the chipmunk bulge on the right side of my face was an abscess and a tooth will need to be pulled out as well as removing and remaking the neighbouring tooth’s cap to fill in the space.   I am lucky.  My … Continue reading »

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Where to Write

“Where do you like to write?” – That is one of those favourite questions that some brave person nestling in an audience enjoying a writer’s workshop or interviews at literary festivals always asks, often hotly followed by,  “How do you organise your writing day?’ and “Where do you get your inspiration from?” Usually the writer patiently … Continue reading »

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14 Women and a Man

I signed up for an Faber Academy writing course to help me to find time in my regular working week for a writing commitment while I prepared to start a part-time MA at City University in narrative non-fiction writing later that year.   The course was billed as concentrating on research and technical aspects of writing … Continue reading »

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A Face to Find

One of the delights and frustrations of looking at portraits is the fact that so many of these cherished faces from the past have lost their captions.    The people quietly sitting reading, elegantly standing with their hands tucked into their waistcoats or walking arm in arm with a lady, followed by a gambolling dog … Continue reading »

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Elif Shafak’s Final Rule – & Tips from other Authors

As the saying goes – Rules are made to be broken.    Elif Shafak writes ‘Finally, ignore every single one of my rules.   There are no rules for writing.” The novelist Deborah Moggach suggests that,  “you don’t have to listen to anyone’s advice.”[i]   Everyone has his or her own methods.   Audrey Niffenegger thinks more … Continue reading »

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Continuing the Rules for Writing

Having ended my last blog[i] on Elif Shafak’s the fifth rule that encourages us writers not to be worried by creeping depression – its just one of those ‘things’ – I thought spirits needed to be lifted. Rule 10 states there is no such thing as writer’s block.   If you ever run out of inspiration … Continue reading »

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Rules for Writing – Well, helpful thoughts anyway.

For me, now the Hay festival has over for another year, the weekend papers’s cultural and review sections become a little less interesting as the inspirational nuggets from writers disappear.   But this year I have saved some of these bon motes to pin on the door of my fridge/freezer to comfort me before I delve … Continue reading »

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The 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

The National Archives in Kew, London have just created an online exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of ‘Operation Chastise,’ better know as the Dambusters raids. The exhibition uses records from their collection to tell the story of this daring Second World War raid that took place on the night of the 16/17th May 1943. … Continue reading »

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