Jack and the Beanstalk is a great parable for creative people. The world around us often devalues creativity – thinking it useless and tossing it outside the proverbial window. But we know those seeds can grow into something wonderful if we tend and water them. I hope this blog will both encourage and entertain readers and inspire writers (and other creatives) to climb their own beanstalk and reach for the heights.

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Resistance is Futile!

Resistance is Futile!

Resistance is the psychological force that pushes back against us when we try to create. In the realm of physics, resistance reduces to the ability of a wire to conduct electricity. The larger the resistance, the less electricity passes. In the same way, resistance to writing holds back the creative flow. 

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How to Keep Wagging Your Tail During a Pandemic

How to Keep Wagging Your Tail During a Pandemic

One of the most encouraging and helpful voices emerging on social media last year, was Pluto, a miniature schnauzer who has been ‘breaking the internets’ with her wisdom and humour in these tough pandemic times. In honour of Pluto and the other dogs and cats encouraging us humans for the past year and a half, I decided to invite my dog, Nikita-the-ShiChi, to guest blog today :).

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Should the pandemic shape the settings of our novels?

Should the pandemic shape the settings of our novels?

One of the dilemmas authors face if we write contemporary fiction or begin our speculative stories in a present-day setting, is whether or not we should refer to the Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve written one young adult (YA) novel and I’m currently developing  a contemporary, amateur sleuth mystery series. My problem is that both stories begin in the ‘present day’. Do I acknowledge the pandemic, or not?

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I’m Susan J Bruce.

I’m a former veterinarian turned writer/artist and self-confessed animal addict.

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Meet Ruth and her best friend Shona in Peck Pocket, a standalone feel-good short mystery set in Paris.

 

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