Shauna Bickley


What’s in a name?

Posted on Friday 27th October 2017 by Shauna Bickley

In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says, ‘What’s in a name?’ A name can tell us a lot about a person or character. They are generally a good pointer to age,...

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Typing “The End”

Posted on Monday 11th September 2017 by Shauna Bickley

I am absolutely thrilled that I’ve finished the first draft of my current novel. I’d be even happier to announce that I’d finished the editing and it was ready for the...

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What’s a perfect life?

Posted on Thursday 30th March 2017 by Shauna Bickley

I recently read ‘My (Not So) Perfect Life’ by Sophie Kinsella. The story is about a country girl who’s always dreamed of living in London but finds the reality harder than...

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To like, or not to like…

Posted on Saturday 25th June 2016 by Shauna Bickley

I read this post recently on unlikable female characters. The article discusses how the reader (or viewer) will generally forgive unpleasant traits in a male character while not being so...

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Working smarter not harder

Posted on Sunday 29th May 2016 by Shauna Bickley

In this title I’m referring to the awful word procrastination. Whether we’re trying to get a first draft finished, editing and proofing a novel, on a work project or doing...

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Positive and Negative Character Traits

Posted on Tuesday 24th May 2016 by Shauna Bickley

When I first started writing I found it really hard to imagine my characters as anything other than beautiful, talented and clever. But in making them super-people they aren’t likeable...

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Posted on Sunday 17th April 2016 by Shauna Bickley

I have perfectionist tendencies — which at times tend towards the extreme end of the continuum. I’m not a perfectionist with everything, far from it. I can live with dusty...

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The Delights of Language

Posted on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by Shauna Bickley

English is a funny language. My mother’s response to that would be, ‘Funny ha ha, or funny peculiar?’ I recently read a book where all the characters smirked rather than...

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Setting the Scene

Posted on Tuesday 16th February 2016 by Shauna Bickley

The setting of some books is determined by the events that happen while others are determined by the personalities and traits of the characters. For example, Lives Interrupted is about...

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Writing the Stars

Posted on Tuesday 9th February 2016 by Shauna Bickley

Writing the Stars is the title of my new novel. Anna is a woman trying to take charge of her life after dealing with a cheating boyfriend and losing her...

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