Get ahead writing: 5 ways letters can motivate you to write more

Get ahead writing: 5 ways letters can motivate you to write more

From gaining clarity to giving you inspiration or providing props, there are many ways letters can motivate you and energise your writing. Here are five that can help you find energy and inspiration 1. Writing to your novel, poem or other project A technique I came across recently via an interview on the Professional Writing Academy with author, teacher and co- author of Writing Works, Victoria Field, is to write a letter to your novel asking what it needs from…

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Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Prado del Rey

Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Prado del Rey

It’s hard not to eat out well in the province of Cádiz and Prado del Rey is no exception. This small town has an amazing range of gastronomic delights, local wines, an ecological farm and its own salt mine dating from Roman times. The busy high street is packed with bars and excellent restaurants and there’s a wonderful ambiente (atmosphere), especially on Friday evenings and weekends. In this post, I am going to tell you about Venta Rosario, a roadside…

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Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Benaocaz

Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Benaocaz

So, for me a healthy approach is an important part of good writing and good, home-cooked food forms a part of that approach. When we take our retreat guests out for dinner, we look for places that use local products, cater for dietary requirements and provide good service. Benaocaz is home to two of my favourite restaurants. Nestled in the mountains on the road from Ubrique to Grazalema, Benaocaz has a long tradition of producing cheese, cured meats and leather…

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Earn money and travel; 4 reasons why a working holiday is a great way to fund your trip

Earn money and travel; 4 reasons why a working holiday is a great way to fund your trip

A working holiday is a great way to get to know a place, have fun, earn money and travel at the same time. Unlike a whistle stop tour of a place or a couple of days overnight in a destination, a working holiday gives you a different perspective of the place you are staying in. As well as getting to live like a local and experiencing the area in an authentic way, rather than rushing around trying to cram in…

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Writing groups: 7 reasons why it’s a good idea to join one

Writing groups: 7 reasons why it’s a good idea to join one

Writing groups are often free or low-cost and are a great way to meet like-minded people and develop your skills as a writer. For me, joining a writing group is probably one of the most important things I have done with regard to my creative writing. Whether you join a regular group, a short course or a writing retreat, the experience can be extremely valuable. So, here are 7 reasons why I think joining a group is a good idea….

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Book choice: 5 great books that take you places

Book choice: 5 great books that take you places

Do you love reading books that take you places? Read on to find five fabulous book choices that will transport you to different countries, eras and cultures. Books that take you places The Wind from the East – Almudena Grandes Set in Andalusia in the South West of Spain this book takes you on a journey into the lives of two strangers who are both escaping their past. It’s a fascinating insight into the lives of the characters Juan Olmedo…

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10 Reasons why you should run a writing retreat

10 Reasons why you should run a writing retreat

Have you ever thought about running a writing retreat? Retreats are great opportunity to do something different and offer an experience that your writers will love. We ran our first writing retreat in our tiny mountain village in Andalucia, Spain. The writers loved it. They got the opportunity to spend quality time in stunning surroundings exploring and developing new ideas whilst immersing themselves in writing their books. We got to add something exciting to our business model that makes us…

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How a Problogger content sprint reignited my interest in blogging

How a Problogger content sprint reignited my interest in blogging

My blog had been off track for a while due to a lack of energy and a heavy workload. I knew that if I was to continue blogging, I needed to take action. So, when the email from Problogger popped into my in-box with news about a ‘content’ sprint, I checked it out. The reasons Darren Rowse, creator of Problogger, gave for setting up the content sprint resonated with me. I have been following Problogger since I started this blog…

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New year, new stationery

New year, new stationery

As a writer, new stationery is always welcome. As much as possible, I like to buy sustainable stationery, dairies and notebooks that either support charities, local artisans or are eco-friendly and Fairtrade. Surprisingly, this is often inexpensive and can be much better value than buying mainstream. Living vibrantly calendar This year, I decided to kick-start the year with a beautifully painted calendar by Bristol-based artist, Fleur Barnfather. Each month comes with a stunning copy of one of Fleur’s paintings, an…

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Morning writing; setting yourself up for a great day

Morning writing; setting yourself up for a great day

Over the past year, I’ve been experimenting with morning writing. While it’s not my first attempt at writing early in the morning, I have noticed that my morning writing has taken a different course. Therapeutic writing In the past I have used free flow or unconscious writing as a technique to 1) rant and get rid of stress and negative emotions without upsetting anyone else 2) to clarify my thoughts when I have needed to make an important decision Some…

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