Personal Blog

Jane Gives Herself a Talking To

I learned something new in a sermon the other week. Actually, it wasn’t so much a new thing as something-I-should-probably-have-realised-a-long-time-ago. In fact, I shan’t even mention it here because ALL of you will have known it already. The fresh revelation has the power to change my life significantly if I let it but, until that […]

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Tell me what you want, what you really, really want

There’s a little phrase that’s been cropping up in my music teaching for a while now and I’m finding that its influence is kind of leaking into other areas. It’s that moment when you ask a question and you can see the pupil’s face contort as the internal wrestling begins. Do I know the answer? […]

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The Power of Belonging

I came into membership recently at my local church. It had been a funny time to join a church. In and out of lockdown, most of my early contact with the people had been via YouTube and Zoom; which meant that I had the curious sense of feeling pretty well connected but without having met […]

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The Reading Writer

It was at a writing festival in The Lakes a few years ago that I heard the author Claire Fuller say, and I paraphrase, of course, ‘The brilliant thing about being a full-time writer is that you can read all day and call it working.’ I remember my response: the sort of feeling you get […]

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Fanning Into Flame

I’ve been thinking about setting fires lately – not in any vengeful, stuff-of-movies kind of way, I hasten to add. I’m no expert, having never been a Girl Guide, but I do know a few things that guarantee success and some that guarantee failure. Never try to light wet stuff. Unless you’re Elijah, it’s a […]

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Re-fuelled by BP

It’s strange to find how easy it is to lose one’s way as a writer. My intense output throughout the latter stages of 2020 and into Spring 2021 gave way to a time, not only of taking a ‘little break’ from writing, but finding myself lost and adrift. Without a long-term project, the shorter ‘deadline’ […]

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I Don’t Know

I’m not one for being on Twitter very much, but the other day I was mindlessly scrolling through when I came across something funny. The post went along these lines: ‘I asked my followers what IDK means. So far, 642 people have told me they don’t know.’ The joke is, of course, that IDK stands […]

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For Beta Or Worse

I want to talk this month about my recent experience of having my latest novel road-tested by beta readers. I realise that, for some of us, this would be the equivalent of undergoing surgery without anaesthetic; but I’m happy to report that, not only did the patient (the author) survive, but the long-term prognosis for […]

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Legacy

I made my will last week. (I refuse to be drawn over whether it had anything to do with the fact that I was due, that same week, to be working at height on a scaffolding tower.) It’s probably the most grown-up thing I’ve ever done as an adult and something that I’ve been putting […]

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Things I Have Learned Recently About Writing…

1. I feel more like a writer when I am actually writing. Like a footballer who plays. Instead of watching it on the TV and talking about it later down the pub. 2. Having a list of deadlines, however insignificant, is a great confidence boost. Other people want my writing! 3. Having a list of […]

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