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How To Position And Scale Your Pencil Portrait Accurately

Ensuring your pencil portrait is accurate is crucial. Dramatic, I know- but, true. All your hard work could become undone in the end if you don’t bother to position and scale your pencil portrait to perfection. Never skip…

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Why Short Fiction

The English practical turn of mind produces a few reasons without too much thought being needed. Authors who need the satisfaction of producing a finished piece of work without years of thought and effort are obviously most likely…

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The Need To Read

Articles written by agents and publishers in magazines and year books constantly hark back to a familiar theme, one which also features  frequently in the ‘submission guidelines’ of magazines. It cannot fail to be irritating for a magazine…

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Too Young To Write

Twenty years as a secondary school teacher acquainted me well enough with the originality and freshness which young people can achieve in their writing, but there was also frequently an underlying hesitancy and a scepticism, especially among boys, of…

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The Writing Environment

The theories about when and where to write are numerous and diverse. Charles Dickens was far from being the only famous writer to decide that seclusion, sometimes in a building quite separate from the main house, was the…

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