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‘The process of writing a poem feels like a form of daydreaming. That imaginative aspect makes it possible to visit another person’s mind. Of course, detailed research is necessary before beginning, but once I’ve read a lot of first-person narratives from a particular historical situation, I feel empathetic enough to venture into a sort of time travel, asking what living in that era and geographic location felt like. I don’t pretend to offer complete answers. Poetry is a process of questioning. I think one of the most important devices for achieving this time travel approach is the combination of first person and present tense, both so common in verse yet relatively rare in historical prose.’

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Free your mind! In the new issue of Writing Magazine we look at finding new ways to expand your creative horizons. We also take a look at editing, and offer a practical plan to take your work from messy manuscript to a clean draft that will impress editors. In our star interview, Joanne Harris talks about folklore, fairy tales and sprinkling magic into your fiction. Plus inspiring ideas, practical exercises, success stories, writing prizes to win and much, much more!

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