Tasha Smith
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Writer, blogger and aspiring novelist, when it comes to writing my master is fiction but I have many mistresses. Relationships, art, pop culture, online dating, Spain and literature. These are the topics that get me tapping.

There are no boundaries between my life, my work and my writing. If I throw myself into a topic, I fling myself 100 percent. Most recently that topic has been online dating. Producing content, writing blogs, creating profiles and flirting, I’ve learned a lot as an insider to this industry. Some of those insights feed the storyline in the novel I’m currently writing.

I've spent the last ten years living in Spain but I’ve recently moved to Manchester to do an MA in Creative Writing and find a publisher. Yes, that's how much I love writing. I've left behind a beautiful little studio house, friends, the beach, the sun and my dog to find publishing glory. Will I succeed? Time will tell.

Back in 2007, I set up creative writing workshops called In The Write Light (www.inthewritelight.com) based in Tarifa. They’re currently on hold, but I still blog about writing at http://inthewritelight.wordpress.com.

For anyone who’d like to view further samples of my work, please see www.xsbabble.com

Entries by Tasha Smith

Writing a Novel? The Big Lie

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (16:47)

It's time. I sit at my laptop and I have nothing to do but write. The house is clean, all commitments have been met; I am free to write. Steam rises from a cup of tea to my left; I pick it up, sip and stare at the screen.

I...

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Writing a Novel? Find the Joy

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (17:49)

I'm writing, slowly. The words crawl from me, like a newborn kitten, gingerly pawing unknown surroundings, searching for a safe route, full of indecision.

The hesitancy makes the words jar on the page and ideas weak. I'm easily distracted; the TV and Internet are never more than a click away....

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Writing a Novel: The Real Deal

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (18:51)

It's been six weeks since I finished my Masters, the Masters that helped me create the soon-to-be-debut-novel I'm now working on. Only I'm not working on it. I'm thinking about it a lot, but thinking ain't writing. Mia Gallagher once said to me it doesn't matter if you're...

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Why Is Reproduction Still Regarded as the Sole Responsibility of Women?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (10:58)

The results of a recent study by the London School of Economics psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, posits that women who don't have kids are going against the most basic value of all species, namely procreation.

In his study Kanazawa found that women with higher IQ's were less likely to have...

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In Defence of Liz Jones

(2) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (20:45)

I suspect many people will see the title of this article, tut, and resume reading something worthier, or funnier. I don't blame them. There are a lot of things that are worthier and funnier than Liz Jones. Liz would agree, I'm sure.

Being the irksome Daily Mail columnist that...

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Are Modern Women Doomed to Lose the Battle of the Sexes?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (14:50)

If we don't shape up, surrender to men and reclaim our femininity, we are. That's according to Suzanne Venker, American writer and author of How to Choose a Husband (And Make Peace with Marriage.)

She cites a study from the Pew Research Centre in America, which states that 37 percent...

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Why It's Madness to Confuse Writing with Therapy

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (21:39)

"I hope your writing provides you with a form of therapy," an old friend recently said to me. "Therapy?" I thought, "are you kidding me?"

Sure, the process of writing is as therapeutic as any task that focuses the mind. But reducing it to that level would make scrubbing a...

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Stone Flowers: Turning Torture Into Musical Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2012 | (16:10)

In September the music group Stone Flowers performed as part of the Peace Festival held each year in Manchester. This group of talented musicians is made up of torture victims who have fled their own countries to seek asylum in the UK.

Made up of twenty refugees, both men...

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Is Doing a Masters in Creative Writing the Best Way to Get Published?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2012 | (00:10)

'Money can't buy feelings,' Mick tells me. We're sitting in Piccadilly Square, central Manchester. Strange faces, foreign accents and new buildings surround me. It's my first week in this city; I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm here to do a Masters in Creative Writing.

This, I hope, will be my stepping-stone...

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Desperate Tactics Don't Work on Dating Sites

(4) Comments | Posted 31 March 2012 | (01:00)

As anyone who's spent time on dating sites knows, they can be time consuming. A growing trend, particularly amongst busy businessmen, is to hire a third party to write their profile description and manage introductory correspondence. Preferably this third party has a way with words and a curved moral compass....

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