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Kelvin M. Knight

 

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just I stay with problems longer."

Albert Einstein

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woodpatternWelcome

The following articles have been re-tweeted internationally by the twitter community so I assume they have been widely well-received. Writing these articles helped me so, fingers and toes crossed, they will help you, too. If you find something of interest and use it, please remember to cite myself and my website. Many thanks. Good luck.

deskWhere Do We Write?

This week on MyTelegraph, Louise Doughty set the Short Story Club members an interesting Friday Challenge: 'Where do we write?' What varied and intriguing responses. Here is what I said.

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brainstorm2Short Story Brainstorm

This week, a piece of 'homework' set by the MA on the Short Story module was for us to mind map all the components we feel, without referencing anything, theory books or actual fiction, comprise a good short story. There is nothing like being put on the spot.

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dwarfnebula2Short Story Greatness

What makes a great short story? Following the surprise announcement by Costa to add a new category of short story to its roster, despite the balloon shrivelling in a follow up article the Costa short story prize is not enough, I remain an advocate of the short story form for many reasons. Here are but five.

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ScreamThe Perfect Book To Read

An editor once asked, 'Tell me in no more than three hundred words what you believe to be the perfect book to read and why.' Talk about being put under the spotlight. My dear Nan used to joke, “Nobody is perfect, therefore I suppose I am nobody.' Then she used to imitate Munch’s Scream opposite. In a similar vein, I proclaim no'book is perfect.

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AtmuncasterWhy I Write Book Reviews

An editor once asked, 'In no more than five hundred words, tell me about your relationship with books and reading and why you write reviews.' This got the cogs turning. This is what they churned out. I have a love hate relationship with books: some make me frustrated and angry, others make me want to laugh and sing; sometimes I am even moved to tears.

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What's New?

On May 4th 2013, I attend the innaugural Newcastle Writing Conference in The Great Hall, Nothumbria University. Stephen May's not a keynote speech is inspriational: “If you are a writer who doesn’t write, you will always be a bit miserable... write because you HAVE to.” And this quote got a resounding YES from the agents, editors and publishers present: “There is a secret to getting an agent. Write a good book, send it, wait. There are no secret passwords.”

Short story "Luke's Sketches" published by Cinnamon Press in the anthology "The Book of Euclid & other stories & poems" edited by Rowan B. Fortune.

Review of short story anthology "The Little Book of Northern Women" given thumbs up by the author J. Y. Saville.

Haiku "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Cathy Galvin and Louise Doughty for the Word Factory TV.

Article "Bagpuss" published by The Fine Line in the anthology "The I Word" edited by Kate Gould.

Short story "Plank, Tank, Sock, Gloves" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in December for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Be Prepared" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in August for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Luke's Sketches" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in May for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in February for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Review of "Life! Death! Prizes!" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.

Short story "Fun and Games" shortlisted by New Writing North for the Newcastle Journal.

Review of "Dreamer's Cat" given thumbs up by the author Stephen Leather.

Review of "TAG" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.

Short story "Shadow Pains" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.

Short story "Lessons in Love" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.

Short story "Saint Christopher" published by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Aim High, Reach Higher" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Paper Dinosaur" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Shepherd Thy Flock" won Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau spring competition.

Short story "Blackbeck" came third in Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau winter competition.