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How to write a novel | Imaginary names

The Oak House West Bromwich

If you have been following my series of blogs about how to write a novel, you will know the story so far. Last week Nick and Lily were on their way to see Lily’s university friend Victoria who lives with her grandparents in a gatehouse to a country estate. I have used a picture of a Manor House, this week for a little inspiration. I imagine the Manor House on the estate to be a little like this. An old black and white building and the gatehouse would be very similar except very much smaller.

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How to write a novel | names

Walsall 012

When you’re beginning a novel, you have to decide on names for characters and maybe a name for the novel. You also have to decide on a place. It could be a mysterious place. I have started today’s blog with a mysterious wall. There is some white at the bottom of the wall and a little graffiti, the door also has graffiti and that leads me to believe that it’s been cleaned recently and all the graffiti didn’t come off. The balcony and the dark line of bricks level with it, makes me think that there is a walkway on the other side, level with that little balcony. The reason for this wall and it’s unusual design? I don’t know. It seems to be designed so people can look out. Perhaps there is a secret garden at the other side of the wall? (more…)


Finance | What would you do?

Food and drink

Lotto

The slogan for this week’s national lottery draw here in the UK is – what would you do? What would you do if you won £4,000,000 on the lottery? Would you buy a lots of food and drinks and have  a party to celebrate? This week the British government again pumped 50 billion into the economy, affectively devaluing money again. This will probably cause inflation over the next year of around 5% devaluing £4,000,000 by around £200,000! Michael Winner once described having £3,000,000 as being comfortable; now we find with £4,000,000 you lose £4,000 a week as your money is devalued! (more…)