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DO and DON’T Hi everyone. I asked a group of authors the following. Fancy a bit of fun - slightly serious? Let's put together a list of do's and don'ts for budding authors, and even published authors, with a tad of humour thrown in for good measure. Naturally they couldn’t resist a challenge, so here are the responses. Rick Haynes DO ignore criticism but DON’T ignore critique. The former is destructive, the latter constructive. DO take regular breaks from your computer screen to protect your eyes. I was the worst culprit ever, but now I use a timer. After 90 minutes I take a 20 minute break. DON’T twiddle your pen around near your mug of steaming brew. Wiping coffee off your computer keyboa


Scribble magazine have accepted my story Nowhere To Run Nowhere To Hide and it has been published in their latest summer magazine number 74. You can read the whole story here. Please leave a comment as I'd love to know what you think. Nowhere To Run – Nowhere To Hide by Rick Haynes What a night. The lock-in at the pub had become a massive booze up, and why not? After all, England had just won the World Cup and for those, like me, unable to get a ticket, seeing the game on the television with your mates was the next best thing. Trying to count the number of pints I had drunk had proved impossible, for I had run out of fingers, but I do know that I’ll never make a career as a pub singer. I can


The world is a small place indeed. How is it possible to meet the first people to buy, and leave a review of Chocolate Chunks in a world of so many people? I was introduced to Anne and Tony who asked me what I did. I told them. What sort of genre, they asked? Heroic fantasy but also short stories, the latest about my experiences on Crete. The rest is history and here is their review in full. It landed on my Kindle on Monday and I haven't stopped laughing yet. The traffic jam in Kalyves and Api Corno café we know well (agree - best coffee in town). What a tonic on a cold November day in the UK. Thanks to Helen for letting everyone know about this. Anne and Tony But the mystery of coincidences

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