Writer, reader, traveller, nature lover, storyteller, poet, cat lover

I remember only one story I wrote as a kid. Later, I wrote funny poems about people, long letters to my dad, and then some little stories and poems for my writing class. I know people who’ve taken 50 years to write what’s in their heart, because a school teacher…


We’re talking fiction here, not self-help or psychology or religion

It’s a common question to ask authors — what books changed you? My local newspaper runs this as a column in the review pages every Sunday. But it’s also a question you can ask anyone. People may not read now, but most read at school or for fun when they…


You could even use someone else’s — who’s going to sue you?

One of my best friends, Doris, was a very funny woman. She had trained as an actress back in York, UK, and her writing classes were a ball. So when Doris died, you might be able to guess what she wanted on her gravestone — “I told you I was…


A poem


Four key elements that need to be on the page to make your characters real

I edit a lot of manuscripts. Crime, thrillers, fantasy, contemporary, historical, children’s and YA. And the big weakness I see, time after time, is characters who are shallow. …


There’s got to be a reason cat videos are so popular

I’m a cat person. There, I’ve said it. I’ve tried to love dogs, but I grew up on a farm and dogs are just … dogs. Sorry, but it’s true.

I’m guilty of watching cat videos, like so many others, but I don’t watch a lot (kitten ones are the…


Maybe it’s time we started getting real about how and why so much marketing is targeted at kids

It was probably no surprise to many people this week to hear that Facebook had been planning an Instagram for tweens. The outcry against it has caused them to stop planning and rethink the idea.

Despite many studies that have shown how Instagram has a detrimental effect on people, and…


The planet far beneath your feet is not even solid

I’d never been in a real earthquake — until last week. Maybe I’d felt tiny tremors some time? I can’t remember. But when I stood at my back door in Melbourne, Australia, where earthquakes don’t normally happen, and felt my house sway around me… I knew. The earth will do…

Sherryl Clark

Writer, teacher, editor, book lover — www.sherrylclarkwritingcoach.com is where I offer editing and manuscript development services.

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