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Create fully-rounded fictional characters for your writing with the help of this FREE chart.  Keep track of each character's history plus all aspects of personality, specific possessions, abilities, likes and dislikes, etc.

A practical guide on starting up and organising a lively, focussed group of writers, based on my experiences of chairing Riverside Writers between 2003 and 2015.

If you wish to produce a booklet, this article will guide you through process from start to finish.

Do you want to write but feel short on ideas?  This economical and easy-to-make low-tech fiction story generator will provide a huge quantity and variety of story ideas simply and quickly.

Criticism is a part of every writer's life.  This article offers tips on how to deal with unpleasant criticism, plus guidelines on constructive criticism within a writers' circle.

Many writers hit an invisible wall which prevents them from finishing a project or from starting something new. This article will help unblock your creativity.

Get ready to write with this helpful, practical article about planning, plotting and writing the first draft from start to finish.




Written back in 1992, this very short story was partially inspired by my reading of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Ondole presents an accurate description not only of my own life at that time, but of life for millions of others who lived under Thatcher's Britain. A Day in the Life of Ondole Andlifesabitch was published in The Zine, issue 5, December/January 1993, a magazine edited by Bo Maggs.

One of my oldest surviving poems, dating back to 1983, this is a humorous tale about a merry gnome on his way home from the pub.


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Discover the Hidden Meaning of Your Name using Numerology
This method of numerology was handed to me on two sheets of A4 file paper by one of Thomas Joseph Walton's pupils. Both sides of one of these sheets are displayed, along with complete instructions on how to use them.

When learning how to read tarot cards, the task of memorising long lists of possible meanings can be very confusing.  Drawing on my own experience of using tarot, I now share this simple guide to understanding and remembering what each of the minor arcana mean.

An informal interview with a practitioner of Britain's ancient native religion of Druidry.

An informal interview with a practitioner of green- or hedge witchcraft.

An informal interview with a lady who works with "the hidden laws of nature". 

Also known as "T", and writing as "West Cheshire Lad", here are two poems by Wirral's unknown mystic.
Spiritual Philosophy of Thomas Joseph Walton
Known to his closest circle of pupils as Tom, or simply “T”, Thomas Joseph Walton seemed a polite, quietly-spoken and unassuming man.  This article features quotations from his writing, a poem, plus a description of my years within his circle.



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