A Way With Cake

Two bits of news today.

My story The Perfect Bakewell is in the current issue of The People’s Friend. You’ll not be astounded to learn it’s about making the perfect Bakewell tart. I do

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Meetings & Workshops

via Meetings & Workshops

I’m looking forward to presenting a workshop for Fosseway Writers in February.

Back to normal?

I hope you enjoyed Christmas – or maybe you’re still celebrating? We had family guests for several days prior to Christmas and on the day itself, but they’ve all gone now, along with my excuses not to get on with some writing!

As I’m going to

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A Year Of Ideas – 365 sets of writing prompts and exercises

I have a new writing book out! Isn’t it pretty? And to prove it’s useful too, here’s the blurb …

All writers need ideas. We need topics and themes, prompts to get started and a little encouragement to keep going. New writers may be wondering where to begin, daunted by a blank page and want help to transform thoughts into fiction. Even the most experienced have dry periods when ideas don’t flow, or times when they appreciate a push to try something different.

Patsy Collins’ methods are proven to work. She’s employed them at workshops where she’s never failed to get her attendees, from brand new and nervous to burnt out, not just writing but producing interesting scenes, snippets and stories.

Each of the daily sets of prompts in this book have been used in some way by Patsy, to create her own work. She needs a lot of ideas as she’s completed five novels, co-written From Story Idea to Reader (an accessible guide to writing fiction) and produced nineteen collections of themed short stories, averaging two dozen per book. Hundreds and hundreds of her short stories have been published – mainly in women’s magazines. She blogs, writes articles, wins competitions and is always working on something new.

Whether you’re a new writer, or a more experienced one temporarily out of ideas, have hours to fill or just five free minutes, you’ll find something in this book to help get you writing – every day of the year.

It’s available as an ebook for £2.50 ($3.22) or a paperback for £6 ($7.74). Buy it here.

Christmas reading

One of my stories is in the Ireland’s Own Christmas Annual 2019. I do like their illustrations – they’re always so reassuringly traditional, which I feel somehow gives the stories a timeless quality.

Do you fancy having me

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