Episode 179 – “The Long And The Short Of It”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Ann Marie Miles


Fellow Writers Fun Zone contributor

Slow writing.

From the Fun Zone blog:

Now, my handwriting is fine for a couple of sentences; after that you’d need to be fluent in hieroglyphics to understand what I’ve written. (There are times when I’ve needed a crash-course myself.) Handwriting stuff has been painstaking. I’ve had to slow down, so I can read it back later.

We’re almost settled in and we’re back online. Nevertheless, rather than rushing back to the laptop, I’m sticking with pen and paper for a time. It’s meant that my online presence is a bit hit-and-miss recently, so I’d better make an appearance soon. I am enjoying the time out, and feeling the benefits.

No online distractions.
Even if you disable all pop ups and alerts, it’s still very easy to decide on a quick check of Facebook between paragraphs, only to find you’ve nothing written an hour later. No such distractions with pen and paper.

It’s better for the brain.
I’ve read a number of articles that say writing is a better cognitive exercise than typing. We use both sides of our brain when handwriting, making our brains work harder. Memory and motor function work together. It keeps us calm while sharpening our minds at the same time.

You get to keep your edits.
When typing, I backspace and change things quickly; it usually means that I never remember the original version. I read back what I’m writing now and I can see the terms or sentence structure I’ve changed, sometimes twice or three times. I’m now taking some time to stop – just to consider which is version is better, and why I changed it.

It takes more time and it takes more work – and that’s a good thing.
In most cases, writing that takes longer and requires more effort is going to be better. Slower writing has led to slower thinking. My writing is more considered and I know I’ve ended up better first drafts.

Notes on her book:

The Long & The Short of it (2013)

The Long & The Short of it is a collection of stories put together with a range of readers in mind. From the humorous to the heartfelt and the genuinely touching, there is something for everyone.

Whether it’s a man struggling with failing memory, a secret benefactor, school bullies or frantic parents – there are no Jack Bauer cliffhangers and no bodice-ripping love scenes; just normal people and everyday situations. As you read you will find yourself cheering for the underdog, empathising with the grief-stricken, rejoicing with the winners and laughing at the mischief-makers.

Ranging from 100 words to 3.5 thousand, The Long & The Short of it is a book of stories you will always have time for.

Annmarie Miles, part time writer, full time believer is 40something, Irish, Christian, married, and proud to be all of those things. She loves words, music & chocolate! You can find out all about her and her book “The Long & The Short of It” at the new website: www.annmariemiles.com.
Where to find Annmarie:
Email: amowriting@gmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amowriting
Google+: auntyamo
Twitter: @amowriting
Personal Blog: www.auntyamo.com
Writing Blog: www.annmariemiles.com/blog

Word of the week:

with Anu Garg

A sword used for beheading is called a heading sword. Sodalite is not another word for Diet Coke, nor is it a member of a sodality — it’s a mineral. Strawberry isn’t a berry, but a banana is.

A language never complains however you use it or misuse it. Who said language was meant to communicate and words were supposed to tell you what they mean from their spellings?

This week we’ll feature words that aren’t what they seem to be.


1. The fundamentals of any subject.
2. The branch of grammar dealing with inflections of words.
3. A book of fundamentals of a subject.


From Latin accidentia (from Latin accidens), from accidere (to happen), from ad- (toward) + cadere (to fall). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kad- (to fall), which is also the source of cadence, cascade, casualty, cadaver, chance, chute, accident, occident, decay, recidivism, perchance, casuistry. Earliest documented use: 1434.


Write up a scene that is completely different than your preferred genre. So for Damien, he would write a love scene. For me, I’d write up a serious spy shoot out. Are you all about action? Write up an inner dialogue. All about romance? Write up that fantasy war. Shake yourself up.

Tortured sentences:

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