Category Archives: Writing

The best laid schemes (as John Steinbeck would say)….

Courtesy of epicbeer under Flickr Creative Commons

Courtesy of epicbeer under Flickr Creative Commons

So the blog was dusted down, brought out of hibernation and some rather fetching plans hatched for it.  Then…..

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It’s not ‘goodbye’ — just ‘au revoir’

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‘Startled’ isn’t my default emotion, but I must to confess to the somewhat startled realisation that this blog has been up and running for two whole years.

Gaining confidence as I launched my writing career, my posts have ranged rather eclectically across topics including Travel, The Arts, Literature, Society, Food and Vegetarianism. I’ve reflected on being a recovering Catholic and New Year resolutions as well as posting some rants about attitudes to the over 50s, plot spoilers and toddlers in art galleries. Regular blog posts have been written on the topic of my favourite city — Paris — sharing my enduring passion for it under the tag ‘Passionate About Paris’.

I’ve loved writing the posts, sharing thoughts and experiences and, it must be said, having a platform for those occasional rants.  Many have been kind enough to read, comment (positively!) and follow. It has to be said that writing about Paris on a weekly basis does nothing for my persistent urge to leap onboard the next train bound for the City of Light.

But, ‘the time has come’ as the Walrus said and talk of many things includes a review of the blog in conjunction with my current working commitments. New projects and commissions mean that I have less time to devote to blog posts and so with some sadness but a lot of excitement the blog is being put into temporary hibernation.

It won’t all come to a complete halt, of course; there will be occasional posts and my publication record will be updated. Do please stop by and take a look from time to time and to those who have already been doing so, a thousand thanks.

It’s not goodbye then, but simply ‘au revoir’: see you later!

 

 

Research: writers’ devil – or delight? Part 2

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The way we access information and conduct our research has changed dramatically over recent years.  Once we would have headed off to the public library, sourcing information from text books, reports, magazines and journals. Continue reading

Research: writers’ devil – or delight? Part 1

© Barbara Hopkins

Research: the very word sends tingles up and down my spine. It’s simply the sheer thrill of facts to be investigated and discoveries to be made, as well as unearthing those tangents and diversions which can be squirreled away for future use. I’m one of those writers who continues to delve, immersing myself ever deeper – and then has to recognise when to stop.
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Playwrights go from page to stage

Are you a playwright looking for encouragement, advice and an opportunity to have your short play performed?  Then look no further as a new Brighton-based theatre production company is looking for you.

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The Writer’s Radar (with apologies to Ernest Hemingway)

As a writer, I like to think that my radar is constantly humming and my antennae permanently twitching.   

 Information from a multitude of sources,  snatches of overheard conversations and half-formed ideas are all hoarded away with Scrooge-like fervour, each waiting their turn to be sorted, polished and honed into coherent pieces of writing.

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