Seasons Greetings


Christmas is almost here again – I hope yours is a very happy one, followed by an even happier new year.

Have you seen the film ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas?’ – which relates how a broke Charles Dickens badly needed to make some money in a hurry, and ran up his enduring classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a few weeks to get it published for the Christmas market. He made it – just!

Any writer would relate to how this book came into being – the writer as bowerbird, the writer as voyeur, the writer trying to fit these jigsaw pieces together, the writer being haunted by partly-formed characters who refused to do what they were told, and eventually the writer as businessman. Writing fiction is a baffling process for some of us. It’s never clear to me exactly who is in charge!

Enjoy the festive season and find time to keep tapping …

by Pat Noad

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    Interesting little story about Charles Dickens Pat, inside into how some stories get written.

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