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Writing Tips: Avoiding Plagiarism

Research: Good. Plagiarizing?? Not so much! The risk of plagiarism is a deep, dark fear in many writers’ hearts. After all, in the creative writing world, all depends on your reputation and ability for original thought and imaginative, inventive, expression. And you never want to lose your good reputation for, “… good opinion, once lost, […]

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Writing Tips: Developing Characters from Scratch

It’s early morning, the beginning of the two hours uninterrupted writing time you had sworn to yourself to undertake. You are at your desk, eyes-wide, heart hammering, straight backed, a cup of tea in hand, a blank screen before you.  You are going to start developing characters for a new story for a creative writing […]


The Case of the Missing Library

Booklovers are facing some new facts of life It’s not breaking news, Virginia, but the printed book may well be on the way out, replaced by its oh so efficient e-book cousin. How do you feel about this transition? Is it inevitable? People who love the feel, the heft and the artistry of the printed […]

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Book Club Questions: The Language of Flowers

At the beginning of April we launched our very first book club! You voted, and the chosen read was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. We read it, we loved it. Now we’re excited to hear what you thought of the book! For today’s discussion we’re using the following list of book club questions […]

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Give Your Reader a Piece of Your Mind!

“Writing is a lovely, creative, artistic endeavor. It can also be an absolute pain.” Every writer has days when the words and ideas simply will not flow. Learn to value those days even if you do not enjoy them. Work through them. They are the best training ground for turning you into a real writer—a pro. Professionals […]

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Writing Tips: Sharpen Email Messages

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. (I have made this [letter] longer because I did not have the time to make it shorter.) —Blaise Pascal, 1656 Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal Years ago, schoolchildren learned how to write letters by hand. You know, the kind […]

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Writing Tips: Thinking a Year Ahead

Writing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet Yes. You may be busy creating the greatest novel of the 21st Century. That’s great. However, you should consider the advantages of helping to pay your everyday bills with simple “filler” pieces for newspapers and magazines too. You just have to think ahead. Newspapers, magazines and the whole world […]

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Winghill’s First Book Club – Join In!

We are so pleased to announce the start of our book club! Here’s how it will work. We’ll all start by reading the same book, and on a specific day near the end of April we’ll meet up over on Winghill’s Facebook page to discuss! Sound like a plan? We sent out an email and […]

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Writing Tips: Finding Your Creative Juices

Gene Fowler, the American journalist, and dramatist said it best, “Writing is easy. You just sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” We all know that feeling. If Gene were writing today, he’d have us all staring at a blank screen instead of that awful piece […]