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#FlashPIC 15 Beach #writingprompt #amwriting

This photograph was taken in India but this beach could be anywhere. This FlashPIC writing prompt from the Writers’ BLOCKbusters series challenges the concept that things are not always as they seem. Empty your mind of preconceptions about beautiful beaches, your local beach, the beach you played on as a child. Without over-thinking, consider this beach to be a good place and write down 10-12 words. Now repeat the exercise, but look at the beach as bad. In what way it is bad is totally up to you: a bad memory, an accident, toxic water, an aggressive confrontation. Now write a short story using both views of the same beach. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Nothing of Value Left Overnight Red sign ‘Pedestrians’ Go! Anonymous People What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

#FlashPIC 8 Death Valley #writingprompt #amwriting

You are alone. No one knows where you are. You do not know which direction is north or south, east or west. You are in Death Valley, USA. As part of the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series, here is a writing prompt to kick start a flash fiction story. Use the photo as the starting point for a short story, or use some of the following phrases in a writing exercise:- Emptiness Vacuum Solitary Mist Desert Wasteland Rough Grey Forlorn Planet Valley Water Scorching © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Nothing of value left overnight Cable We are watching you What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

#WritingPrompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… secret

We all have secrets, don’t we? Secrets lie at the core of most fiction. So if you are having difficulty putting pen to paper today, try this writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters. What’s the biggest secret you didn’t keep? Now write one word answers to the following prompts:- What Why When How Where Who Write one paragraph about each response. From those six paragraphs, choose one sentence and use that as the beginning of a flash fiction piece of 250 words. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Wordstorm: Run Two Empty Glasses Coffee Shop  What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

#Writingprompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… Dad

Here’s a #FirstPara writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters to get you started writing today. Study the photograph, then use the sentence below as the beginning of a new short story. “Dad sat here at 10am every morning until yesterday when he… “ © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Cinnamon We Are Watching You Cable  What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FlashPics Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 WordStorms Can’t wait? Feeling uninspired
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#FlashPIC 6 Coffee Shop #writingprompt #amwriting

Today, imagine you are in a coffee shop. Or actually go into a coffee shop and write this exercise from the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series. This writing prompt can be used simply to energise your writing, along with a dose of caffeine, or use some of the following phrases:- Caffeine Kick Mug News Unexpected Connected Networked Gluten-free Sugar kick Listen Spying Unseen © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Arrivals board Red sign pedestrians go Beware danger from high tides beyond What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#FlashPIC 5 Waiting beneath the clock #writingprompt #amwriting

Don’t waste another minute. Use today’s writing prompt from the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series to kick start a flash fiction story. You can simply use the photo to energise your writing, or use some of the following phrases:- Expectation Disappointment Nervous energy Appointment Delay Life passing Opportunity Regret Tick Tock Stopped © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Nothing of value left overnight Anonymous people Beach What are‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#Writingprompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… Mum

Think of flowers, think of your mother. Try this #FirstPara writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters and start writing now. Study the photograph, then use the sentence below as the beginning of a new short story. “They were her mother’s favourite blooms…” © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Green Apples Bookshelf Cutting Down Trees for Firewood  What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FlashPics Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 WordStorms Can’t wait? Feeling
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#FlashPIC 4 Between the Train Seats #writingprompt #amwriting

As part of the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series, here is a writing prompt to put the first words on the page today. You can simply use the photo to energise your writing, or use some of the following phrases:- Proximity Isolation Red Angle Perspective Triangle Overheard Spying Thigh to thigh Red velvet © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Coffee shop St James Park polite notice The meaning of purple What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#FlashPIC 3 Belisha Beacon #writingprompt #amwriting

As part of the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series, here is a writing prompt to kick start a flash fiction story. You can simply use the photo to energise your writing, or use some of the following phrases:- Orange Warning Road Traffic Impact Flashing Black and White Beacon Zebra Bang Crash Skid © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPIC writing prompts:- Death Valley Moon rocks Plastic bag What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder.   Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

#WritingPrompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… run

Run… competition, striding, marathon, running, dribbling, flee, organise… Try this WORDstorm writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters to help you put the first word on the page today. Look at the three words below and, without thinking, write the next words that come into your mind. Write until you can think of no more words, you may have 10 words or 50. Allow the words to come into your mind without prompting, they will seem unrelated to each other. Now use these words as inspiration to move you onwards. You should find that your mind has taken you way beyond the subject of ‘run’ and that you write about a completely different subject. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Oak Bookshelf Deckchairs What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

#WritingPrompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… compost

Let this #FirstPara writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters get you started writing today. Study the photograph, then use the sentence below as the beginning of a new short story. “She didn’t stop to wonder how she got this low, she just grabbed the tomato cores and salad onion stalks and crammed them into her mouth.” © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Bookshelf Plastic Bag Feet Beneath the Table  What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters:
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#Writingprompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… evidence

Feeling a bit braindeadtoday? Try using this #FirstPara writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters. Study the photograph, then use the sentence below as the beginning of a new crime story.“The police bagged it as evidence.” © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Belisha Beacon Compost Moon Rocks  What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FlashPics Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 WordStorms Can’t wait? Feeling uninspired today? Don’t know what to write about? Try Writers’
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#FlashPIC 2 Arrivals Board #writingprompt #amwriting

As part of the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series, here is a writing prompt to kick start a flash fiction story. You can simply use the photo to energise your writing, or use some of the following phrases:- Arrivals Departures On time Delayed Digital Via Destination Journey Train No way back Return ticket Timetable © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Looking over the parapet Stairs to who knows where Between the train seats What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder.   Ebooks coming in 2019 at
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

Researching the graveyard scene

There is a scene in Ignoring Gravity that I kept putting off writing: the one where Rose searches a graveyard for her birth parents. I simply didn’t know where to start. Rose doesn’t know what she’s looking for, perhaps that was why I struggled with how to write it. So I did what I always do when I’m at a loss, I go researching.One grey day in March I went to a local church and wandered around with my camera, soaking up the atmosphere. It was a quiet, still day and I was totally alone. These are the photographs I took. In the end they helped me with the mood of the piece, rather than giving me concrete descriptions. But the visit served as the trigger which helped me write the scene. It taught me that when I’m intimidated by a particular scene, it helps to find a location and soak up the atmosphere. Please use these photographs to inspire your own writing, they worked for me. If you are searching for relatives, read these articles about searching the Deceased Online database, and identifying headstones. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity and watch the book trailer.   ‘Ignoring
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Categories: Book Love, My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity', On Researching and On Writing.

#FlashPIC 1 Anonymous People #writingprompt #amwriting

As part of the Writers’ BLOCKbuster series, here is a writing prompt to kick start a flash fiction story. You can simply use the photo to energise your writing, or use some of the following phrases:- Anonymous Faceless Reichstag Berlin Grey Sunlight Attention © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other FlashPICs:- Cranes on the skyline Hotel corridor Cable What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder. Ebooks coming in 2019 at Amazon… Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FlashPics Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 WordStorms Can’t wait? Feeling
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#WritingPrompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… lament

Lament… sorrow, memory, regret, heavy, loss, betrayal… or joy? Try this WORDstorm writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters to help you put the first word on the page today. Look at the three words below and, without thinking, write the next words that come into your mind. Write until you can think of no more words, you may have 10 words or 50. Allow the words to come into your mind without prompting, they will seem unrelated to each other. Now use these words as inspiration to move you onwards. You should find that your mind has taken you way beyond the subject of ‘lament’ and that you write about a completely different subject. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Music Bronze Push Button at Pedestrian Crossing What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

#WritingPrompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… music

Do you listen to music while you write? Well today you can use your music for inspiration too. Get working with this writing prompt from Sandra Danby’s Writers’ BLOCKbusters series. Go to your phone/CD shelf/ i-Tunes, close your eyes, and choose an album at random. Write the title of the album [not the name of the artist] and concentrate on it. Now think of five words at random – nouns, adjectives, verbs, it doesn’t matter. Write a paragraph incorporating each of those five words. Now write a Flash Fiction piece of 250 words, incorporating that paragraph. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Stairs to Who Knows Where Death Valley At This Mark on the Pavement  What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction,
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#Writingprompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… green apples

Today’s writing prompt is a photo and an exercise from Writer’s BLOCKbusters. Study the photo then do the following without over-thinking. Quickly write down the first five adjectives which occur to you when describing this photograph. Now write a sentence featuring one of those adjectives. Repeat this exercise so you have five separate sentences. Write a Flash Fiction piece of 250 words, incorporating these sentences. You may not re-use the same adjectives. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Push Button at Pedestrian Crossing Beach Nothing of Value Left Overnight What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated
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Categories: On Writing and Writers' BLOCKbusters.

#WritingPrompt Writers’ BLOCKbusters… oak

Oak… nature, strength, longevity, acorns, leaves, ships, carpentry, solidity… Try this WORDstorm writing prompt from Writers’ BLOCKbusters to help you put the first word on the page today. Look at the three words below and, without thinking, write the next words that come into your mind. Write until you can think of no more words, you may have 10 words or 50. Allow the words to come into your mind without prompting, they will seem unrelated to each other. Now use these words as inspiration to move you onwards. You should find that your mind has taken you way beyond the subject of ‘oak’ and that you write about a completely different subject. © ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby Want more inspiration? Try these other writing prompts:- Evidence Anonymous People Grassy What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’? I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to
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Categories: On Writing, Writers' BLOCKbusters and Writing exercises.

I agree with… Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore “For writers, wasting time is as vital as working, so it is essential to sit all day without doing anything.” [excerpt from Simon Sebag Montefiore’s column in British Airways ‘High Life’ magazine, March 2014] I totally get this, although I think non-writers will consider it a complete waste of time. Most writers I know are walkers in some form or another, all are dreamers. Where else do we get our ideas from? Read about my writerly wanderings around Wimbledon Common, my haunt while writing Ignoring Gravity, here. Read more about Simon Sebag Montefiore’s fiction and non-fiction here.   ‘Sashenka’ by Simon Sebag Montefiore [Corgi] Buy now If you agree with Simon Sebag Montefiore, perhaps you will agree with:- Deborah McKinlay – the lean years focussed me on what I really wanted Matthew Thomas – don’t deny the autobiographical Jeanette Winterson – writing never stops And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: I agree with Simon Sebag Montefiore: #writers need time & space to think http://wp.me/p5gEM4-RQ via @SandraDanby
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Categories: My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.