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Di Castle

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I was born and brought up in Harpenden. After Grammar School I went to St Albans College of Further Education to train as a secretary although I had always wanted to teach. That was if I couldn't be a writer, of course. The skills learned on the course enabled me to enter teaching some years later at Uxbridge College and then working with dyslexic students at East Berkshire College, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and Bournemouth University. I have tried to retire from teaching several times but cannot give it up altogether. An article about my struggle to change my identify is on my wordpress blog.

Grandma's Poetry Book - a book of poems charting first grandparenthood and the grandchild's milestones was published in November 2014. Local a
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Di Castle I have bought Julia Cameron's book - The Writer's Way. It is excellent and every chapter provides ideas. I go to the library and get out a creative…moreI have bought Julia Cameron's book - The Writer's Way. It is excellent and every chapter provides ideas. I go to the library and get out a creative writing book. I read. Once I start to read a good book I begin to see how the writer has crafted it and get stimulated. I write down good words and phrases and find a way to use them in my own work. I am always learning.(less)
Di Castle I can lose my myself when I am writing. I am always using incidents and experiences. I can make things happen in my books. I can write about something…moreI can lose my myself when I am writing. I am always using incidents and experiences. I can make things happen in my books. I can write about something that was difficult and make it funny. This helps me cope with life's problems.(less)
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This blog first appeared on www.dicastlewriter.wordpress.com
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In MsLexia issue 64 Adrian Magson suggests not to overwork an idea but to go back, adding to them from time to time. Rather than sit and sweat over an idea and will it to become something more, he reckons it is best to let things lie, quieten down. His view is an overworked brain stunts creativity.

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