I was born in Liverpool in 1936, and began writing short stories while living with my wife and children in Germany in the 1960s. While we were living in Australia in the 60s/70s I had general and romance stories published in Australian Women's Weekly, Australian Woman's Day, and crime stories in Adam. There was then a ten year gap during which we returned to England/Wales and I began a successful business designing and selling collector's toy soldiers worldwide.
Since returning to writing, I have:
Over the past twenty years I have written and had published 60+ books:
I am a former member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors, and in 2011 I took the supervised test and qualified for and joined MENSA (I have since left).
The feedback was exactly what I was needing, very fair and full of pointers to work on further. I was always going to struggle with the verb exercise and will go back over this a few times. I also need to think about nouns becoming adjectives as in the example 'aluminium guttering’ from the ‘View From Window’ exercise. I’ll be starting assignment two this week and very much looking forward to further feedback (I can’t help but feel John may have gone easy on me for my first submission).Graeme Morrice, West Lothian - 15/03/2016
John, thank you very much for your comments and advice regarding Assignment 3. I was very pleased that you liked my story and, once again, the recommendations you made have been extremely useful and insightful.
You are helping me understand that writing is a great craft that needs a lot of thought and care. Not only do I need to think carefully about the right and best words to use but it's also where they are placed within a sentence that can make or break the impact or reaction I'm looking for. Your feedback has provided a light-bulb moment for me. I've read about it before and thought I'd understood, however, you providing an example with something I have written somehow made it 'click' in my brain.
Thanks very much. I'm looking forward to implementing your advice in my next assignment.Karen Kettle, Sandhurst - 30/05/2017