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It’s Too Hot. Really?

Really? Readers in the UK can’t fail to have noticed that we’ve experienced a mini heatwave. ‘It’s tooooo hot!’ Britains cry. But is it? How can it be? Hot, cold, wet, windy; it just is. Accepting is hard. Especially accepting what’s outside of your control, ie. the weather. But if you can… it’s liberating. My favourite comment from the week is this cracker: ‘It’s too hot. […]

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Why You Don’t Complain

Last week was my birthday. We celebrated by having a mains water leak, directly into our home. Not the perfect way to spend what should have been a fun-filled Friday. But it was interesting – to say the least. We had two very different plumbers. The first was, let’s say (and I’m being kind here) not the sharpest tool in the […]

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Having one in the bag

My contemporaries who regularly mail newsletters always advise having ‘one in the bag’. It’s for the times when you simply can’t think of anything to write. Or you have a technical mishap and for some reason you just can’t get your words to screen. This has never appealed to me, as I’ve always believed a newsletter really should be as current as possible – newsworthy. Having said that, […]

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The difficult second album

You know the band who smashed it with their first album and then found it difficult to repeat their success? Their record company is screaming: Just do it again, give us the hits!  Why can’t they repeat the magic? Possibly because that first album may only have taken two months to record but… They’ve been working on it for the last five years. Playing live, night after night. Desperately […]

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One of the hardest things to do

…is to say less. I’ve launched my next Write That Book Masterclass. The most common question from new authors is, ‘How much should I write?’ My answer? Never too long, only too boring. Never too short, only too sparing. www.WriteThatBook.co.uk is now open. Be Brilliant!

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What made me cry last night

Last night I cried.  I wasn’t even watching Long Lost Family 😢. I cried because of a book. Actually, not a book. An author. I was LIVE broadcasting in to my Write That Book Pop-Up Group. Earlier in the day, a copy of first-time author Richard Thomas’s new book Memories from The End Of The Line (check out his blog) arrived. It should have been a simple moment of joy. A member […]

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I’ve set a scary goal

I’ve a new goal and it’s crazy, huge and a bit scary. Help 1,000 people to write 1,000 books in 1,000 days. When I started Write That Book, I knew it would be special – but I had no idea how special. From seasoned authors who have written several books to those who only had the embryo of an idea for their […]

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Standing out with a frying pan

It was during the welcome reception. You know the one. A complimentary glass of fizz when everybody is supposed to be mixing, but it’s just an excuse for the resort to do some pitching. The diving guys had all their kit set up, the excursion table had brochures and the managers nodded and asked, ‘So where are you from?’ It was a Mark Warner resort (lots of tennis courts); the young professional was […]

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Could 2021 be the WORST year for British Hospitality?

There’s a boom happening. Staycation, holiday at home, let’s go ‘out out’, the great British getaway. Whatever you want to call it – it is happening. There are record sales for domestic holidays. And with them… record prices. 200-500% increases in some cases! Many coastal and country hotels are fully booked for months. And the idea of […]

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The Joy of Rationing

I remember my mother and grandmother telling me stories about rationing. For my mum, it was only being allowed 2oz of sweets (57 grams). For my grandmother, it was everything – from butter to soap. When I go out for a hike with Mrs H, she very kindly creates a sweet bag. We stock up from a website called aquarterof.co.uk and they have all the classics you and […]

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