How Research Tells a Story

Guide Alice Manfield

Research is central to any author’s writing process. Whether you’re telling a completely true story, or creating an alternative world, with no resemblance to reality, you will need to spend a fair amount of your time in research. For me, this begins with the seed of an idea. Usually, I will see or read or…

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Seeing the World as Multi-Storied

Each of us carries stories that shape who we are and the steps and directions we take in life. As a writer, these stories are part of the rich background from which you draw inspiration for characters, themes and plots. Most people concentrate on particular stories when they describe themselves and their lives. We all…

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In This Wildness

In this wildnessThere is wonderThere is space,To take breathTo gather hopeTo pauseand dreamof better daysTo pauseand rememberThe only dayIs now, is hereBeing presentBeing aliveIn this wildness 6/1/22 Helen Edwards

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Towards the Horizon

We were all in pain,drawing ourselvesfrom our beds,Wiping silent tearsfrom our cheeks,Seeing only SorrowThinking only SorrowFeeling only Sorrow,Until, we noticed,The children,watching, hearing, feeling, waiting, for our words,for our hands,for our eyes to see them,to guide them,to hold them,to help them findreasons for joy,for hope…We noticedThe childrenAnd we raised our facesto the sky,And we clasped their…

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Seek The Small Spaces

It has been a complicated year to say the least and there have been many things increasing our anxiety and threatening our happiness. In recent days, our youngest child ended primary school and amidst the letting go and excitement and joy, the last minute regrets and the sadness about covid stealing so much from us,…

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The Forevability Book Awards 2021

Have you written a book for children with a theme around disability, mental health, neurodiversity or chronic illness? Have a main character in your published book who lives with a mental or physical health condition or who is neurodiverse? Are you an author of an #ownvoices story who lives with a chronic condition, disability, or…

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