Author Archives: James Ellis

About James Ellis

James is a writer. He is the author of three novels and has had a number of short stories published as well as a travelogue of his journey through Central America. He writes a regular column for The Gudgeon, designs and delivers workshops for new and developing writers, and provides a business writing service for private and public sector organisations.

Exploring the real world… a Christmas Carol

(James writes a monthly column for The Gudgeon. Each month, the previous month’s article is archived.) December, 2018 Bah! That’s what I used to say to Christmas. Humbug! An annual mugging of my hard-earned moolah. Decorations? Boughs of holly? Spare … Continue reading

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Exploring the real world… the canal

(James writes a monthly column for The Gudgeon. Each month, the previous month’s article is archived.) November, 2018 In 1794 the first sod of the Kennet and Avon Canal was cut in Bradford on Avon. What interests me about that … Continue reading

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Brighten up a book lover’s stocking this Christmas… Available here.

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It was a dark and stormy night…

As the old joke goes: ‘There are three rules to writing novels. Unfortunately nobody knows what they are.’ I like that. Recently, I was a guest speaker at a writers’ workshop and I was asked what rules I follow. I paraphrased Elmore … Continue reading

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Remember Remember…

With Bonfire Night just around the corner – well, in a few days, I don’t think time goes round corners does it, or does it? Tricky thing time. I remember when I was young the summers seemed – anyway, yes, … Continue reading

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Exploring the real world… the ark

(James writes a monthly column for The Gudgeon. Each month, the previous month’s article is archived.) October, 2018 I’ve had a cold recently and I haven’t been exploring the real world as much as usual. Just hanging around the house … Continue reading

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Exploring the real world… and preserving it

(James writes a monthly column for The Gudgeon. Each month, the previous month’s article is archived.) September, 2018 An English teacher once handed back an essay I’d written by scrunching it into a ball and throwing it at my head. … Continue reading

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