Craig’s Amazon Books

February 12, 2021

The business of being a writer

February 10, 2021

Creative Writing Course

December 23, 2020

How to write a biography: by Douglas McPherson

December 7, 2020

Lousy Literature: Bad Fiction

November 21, 2020

Creative Writing Course


Bad fiction

The annual Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest picks the deliberately awful and therefore amusing opening sentence to “the worst of all possible novels.” Here are some examples:

1. “Dorothy and Toto got kicked out of…

from a ‘Google’ (my ‘filing system” – to rescue me from “sheer utter chaos”). Thanks “BIG G”


A glimmer of hope for me then…perhaps…

and YOU too!


Shared by c

“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder” *

* not bridges (thank goodness)!

Well my family and friends say I’m “safest” just writing and sharing even though I’m sometimes called “the world’s forth worst writer”)



Best wishes from the First City to see the light

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First (baby) Steps

October 22, 2020

The Cost

October 17, 2020

A J Thornton

Hello again

No, unfortunately I’m not talking about the cost of self publishing. Today I’m talking about the system I came up with for using Arts (Magical Abilities).

I wondered for ages on what type of magical system I would use for my World and I didn’t want it to be overly complicated for any of my potential readers. I’m not afraid to admit that I was brought up with a Pagan family (even though my father camr from a devout Catholic family).

The dilemma was thankfully quickly solved because of this background. The system in place needed what I call a cost. If you use fire then you will be burned, if you use water you will become dehydrated.

I know some will wonder how will this affect the characters will be able to fight and for that I was inspired by the celtic stories. A deal with the…

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World needs a new type of fiction

August 7, 2020

October Horror Writing Prompts – Day 1 Prompt

August 6, 2020
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Hi Amanda
Thanks for the follow and happy writing
All the best

Thanks for the follow(s) # and/or’likes’

if you want to follow me, go to
(to find one or two of interest…perhaps)



# Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera* in the “real world”, rather than in cyberspace!)
* By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

(get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

* or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

“total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time) #

Who says men can’t multi-task!

Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

– Colette (nice name for a girl, btw)

All the best with your blog

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“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder” *

* not bridges (thank goodness)!

Well my family and friends say I’m “safest” just writing and sharing

Driven to share, uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire


Don’t worry about the world ending today…

it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

Author Amanda McCormick

So, as promised, I’m going to start posting writing prompts for the month of October that have to do with horror! Whether you’re doing it to get your engines revved for NaNoWriMo like me, or just to challenge yourself, I’m glad to see you here!

For this first prompt, I wanted to leave people with as much freedom as possible, so I found a list! I might end up using other prompts from this list later in the month, but for this first day I wanted everyone to have freedom to do what inspired them! So, pick something from this list! If you write a prompt, please source back to me so that I can read it! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! (Image found on google search)

Good luck and great writing everyone! I’ll post my response tonight!

Author Amanda McCormick

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“I want to write with exuberance…”

July 18, 2020

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