news!

my very own young fiction series

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It’s always A Sign when I buy a themed new notebook, pens and pencil case.
I’m all about the grave and important things, me.

I’ve kept this a secret for AGES, but my news is that for the first time ever I’ve written a longer story, a young fiction series in fact.

At first I was a bit shy about it – could I do this? was I a real author? – but I made a start…

 

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sometimes I pulled at a thread and the whole thing unravelled, but I carried on and it grew and grew…

and now I’ve just written the satisfying words THE END and the first story will be published next spring!

I am so looking forward to introducing my new character. I hope you like her.
More soon, but in the meantime, given my new stationery and my character’s small doodle of her own favourite hero, I wonder if you can guess her name?

 

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17 Comments

  1. Anne Booth

    Good luck and well done, Clara!

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    • clara

      Thank you so much Anne! It’s very more-ish, this writing lark, isn’t it? X

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  2. jo

    ooh wonderful – I know H will love reading it (her reading has come on so much now, she’s reading short novels – age 6) – this could be right up her street (I suspect it will be!) – can’t wait – and congrats on finishing! x

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    • clara

      What a generous and cheering response, thank you Jo! H will be the exactly the right age and kind of reader. It’s really lovely for me that as she has grown up my books have grown up too X

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  3. Charlotte

    Cor, this is exciting news! Can’t wait to hear more! x

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    • clara

      Thanks ever so much, Charlotte! From an author-star like you it means a LOT xx

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  4. Anne Booth

    Clara – I think I’ve guessed her name! I was stumped this morning – but…is it Dotty, short for Dorothy? Is that Dotty’s drawing of Dorothy and Toto? How sweet!!

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    • clara

      Anne you absolutely nailed it – she IS Dotty, and that is her drawing of Dorothy and Toto, who is her second favourite Dorothy…
      bravo, you are my winner! xx

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  5. Jax Blunt

    I think a certain Smallest girl I know will like this very much.

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    • clara

      I am so happy to hear this – can’t wait to send you a copy for your thoughts. Thank you, Jax! X

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    • clara

      Thank you so much Sara, and I’m so pleased to hear from you! X

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  6. Jo Bowers

    This is v exciting to hear, Clara. I’m really looking forward to it. Can’t wait! X I would love to hear how you started writing your novel because I have just joined a year long online writing group and won a one to one mentoring session with an author to help me get started on my first novel before I turn 50. Eek! Scared! Worried I may realise I can’t do it! Any tips to write my first ten pages…xx

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    • clara

      Hello Jo, thank you very much – and OF COURSE you can do it!
      Instead of writing the first ten pages (beginnings and endings are so tricky – unless you have something strongly in your head already?), I suggest writing any part in any place of the story that inspires or excites you. In that way you’ve made a start and will feel more confident.
      Then you might like to write a little bit across the whole story, like a film storyboard, leaving as many blanks as you need to. Then add and add across the whole thing, fleshing it out.
      Your fellow group members will have lots of better tips than this, I’m sure…
      GOOD LUCK!
      I am over 50, by the way.

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    • clara

      Hi Nell, thank you very much for calling by, and for your kind words!
      I’ve just been having a happy browse on your lovely pigeonpairandme.com site.
      In fact she is Dotty, but Winnie is such a good name I think I’ll borrow it for another character if I may?! X

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