How To Discover Your Unique Writer’s Voice

In essence, it is essential to be yourself when writing. What is your writer’s voice? You may have seen the saying many times, but what does it mean? The articles and novels I like to read are the ones who have a strong writer’s voice. Simply put, a writer’s voice is an individual writing style, which can be made up of several factors. How to Start Developing Your Voice

We Are Disadvantaging Our Children by Limiting Vocational Education.

The current UK curriculum is not fit for over 50% of our students. When you educate a child, you educate a village and an entire nation. That is why you should never give up on any child, anywhere in the world — Unicef As political parties change so does the priority for education. Generally speaking, a Labour government favours a vocational curriculum. A Conservative government, a more academic curriculum.

Tommy’s Dog – Short Story

Part Three of Tommy’s Life Tommy sniffed the sweet sea air. He loved how fresh everything smelt on the beach. He licked his lips and tasted the salt. The small dog he had recently rescued from the shelter, ran by his side. Everyone stopped to talk to the guy with the cute dog. The wind blew the sand around his feet as he took another deep breath. The first relaxing breath he had been able to take for two weeks. Ever since he had been stopped in the subway by the policeman, after the Facebook challenge. His act of pretending to be the first aider, whilst killing his victims was over. This time Tommy had managed to escape the suspicions of the police. He knew he would not be that lucky next time. One more incident of Tommy being found at a murder scene and his mission would be over for good.

How to Create a Bookworm Using a Bedtime Reading Routine.

The benefits of reading to your child. If you read one book a night to your child, when they are 5 they will have read 1825 books. My greatest joy as a parent is reading my little girl her bedtime story every night. I have actually got annoyed with my partner when she has tried to take the job away from me. As she is nearly two years old I have started moving away from the quick reads. Into the world of chapter books. So far the books we have covered have been The Magic Faraway Tree, a personal favourite of mine from when I was a child. We have now started a series of books, where the heroine shares the same name as her. I am beyond excited at the prospect of starting to read Harry Potter to her. This is a tradition that has been passed on through many generations. As a child, I remember my mum reading to me, her father read to her. It was a tradition I was determined to continue. Since she was born I have missed only one evening. For this time I told her a story, over the phone, that I had memorised. It was actually the Billy Goats Gruff, a story I insisted my mum read to me at least once a week. If you don’t read to your children at night, I urge you to start. The benefits far outweigh the time. Incidentally, I always leave my phone downstairs when I go to read to her. No interruptions are allowed.

The Good & The Bad of the Writing Community

5 things I love about the writing community and 5 things that drive me to distraction Since starting writing on Medium, a year ago, I have met some amazing people. The support I have received from everyone is amazing. None more so than my Facebook group — Blogging & Medium Support.  As I continue on my journey, I have also recognised some negatives as well as positives.

What to Do When Your Child Has an Infantile Seizure

The do’s and don’ts when faced with an infantile seizure. Infantile seizures are more common than you think. Last week my little one suffered a series of seizures, due to a high temperature. A temperature is anything over 37.5C when taking a child’s temperature, orally. In the majority of cases, these are nothing to worry about. They stop when the child turns 5 years old. They are also often only triggered by high temperatures. On rare occasions, they may be a sign of something underlying. It is always wise to seek medical attention on the first occasion.

How I Wrote My First Book and What I Learnt on the Journey

The inspiration behind The Detective Two and how this became a published book.  When I was eight years old, the amazing Michael Rosen came to our school.  He spoke about his new book and read to us. He also said something that stayed with me.  Good writers see books in their heads like movies. Great writers can then transfer these movies to paper. I might be paraphrasing, it was 35 years ago, but the idea is the same.  At first, when these words hit my eight-year-old brain, I was relieved. I had been going to bed every night with a group of imaginary friends, living out a soap opera in my head. Thank god there were other people that this happened too. Then I remember thinking I could write a book, this movie in my head could be a book.