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November was National Novel Writing Month, so how’d you get on? The idea was to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Finished it yet? No, me neither.

Anyway, I have a better idea. Instead of trying to make up stories, why not write a factual one? This is my suggestion national ‘Write Your Autobiography Month’. No need to think up make believe characters and a plot, just try toremember the real life characters you’ve met and the life you’ve lived. In addition, you’ve got to come up with a title for your book and consider what animal would take pride of place on the front page?

Imagine this, Pompey fans you’re young and your birthday is being read out on local TV. ‘Darren, from Paulsgrove, you’re eight today!’ and Gus does eight regulation hops but Gus is wearing a SOUTHAMPTON FC scarf! How would you react? Something apparently so canada goose outlet authentic loveable a puppet bunny has a dark side from which even Darth Vader would recoil.

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uk canada goose outlet Anyway, despite the above, I put a huge pic of Gus on the front cover canada goose jacket outlet sale of my canada goose uk site book. Possibly not the best commercially driven idea of my life, but it made me laugh. And the beating the book title refers to was Exeter’s 3 0 win at Plymouth in 1993. ‘Francis Drake, Michael Foot, Angela Rippon, Sharron Davies, Gus Honeybun your boys took one hell of a beating!’ uk canada goose outlet

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Earlier this year The News ran the story of Robert Smith, owner of Adelphi Books one of the three shops I visited. He claimed he could be forced to shut because the council had hiked his rent by 2,500 a year to more than 7,000. You need to sell a lot of second hand books to cover that cost alone.

buy canada goose jacket cheap A few months on, Robert is (thankfully) still trading, but what I see today gives me scant hope for the future. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose clearance My teenaged kids aren’t big book readers, which saddens me. In fact, outside of ones they have had to read for school purposes, they have hardly ever picked up a book in their life (including mine, and they get mentions in that). I guess they’re the rule rather than the exception, as opposed to the other way round. I’d like to think most teenaged kids would put their phones down for half an hour every day and read a book, but if I really believed that was true I’d also believe unicorns pranced around in a field next to the M27. canada goose clearance

Havethe raging advances of technology and social media created a childhood where reading books is now viewed as ‘oh sooooo boring’ by the majority of under 18s? (Adopts sarcastic voice) Why read when you can play computer games or send ‘pout’ selfies to your mates instead?

But I will keep on www.newmediadoc.com attempting to canada goose outlet edmonton promote book official canada goose outlet reading, and indeed book writing. Everyone’s got a book in them, so the saying goes. I happen to believe that’s 100 per cent true. After all, everyone’s story is worth telling. Dredging up your memories from the deepest, darkest recesses of your brain is the easy bit. Taking the time to write it, and publish it. That’s the hard bit. But the pride you feel in yourself when you hold your own book in your hands is lovely, trust me. And we should all feel proud of ourselves now and again.

canada goose factory sale A word of warning, though, to all you canada goose outlet potential Bill Brysons or JK Rowlings: writing books is not a simple way to raking in the filthy lucre. We can’t all be like the two people I’ve just mentioned, can we? canada goose factory sale

If you see books retailing for a tenner, the person who wrote it will generally bank just a tenth of that. Yep, a quid per book. That is the reality of the publishing industry. If you can write a Harry Potter book and shift more than a million copies, life is good. But if you write books about a moth eaten puppet bunny and a football club whose average attendance is about4,000, then you canada goose outlet paypal really cannot expect to open up offshore bank accounts in your dog’s name a la Harry Redknapp and retire early.

Canada Goose Parka I’ll be honest, I have the utmost respect for anyone capable of writing a novel. I couldn’t do it, and I’ve been a journalist all my life (and, yeah, I can hear you saying ‘well you should be good at making up stuff then!’). My bookcases creak and groan under the weight of hundreds and hundreds of books, but I’ve only got about four novels Canada Goose Parka.

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