Author Archives: Donna-Louise Bishop

About Donna-Louise Bishop

I'm a writer, freelance reporter, creative writing tutor, and blogger, living in the beautiful county of Norfolk UK. In my spare time I am also a wife, a mother to three boys, and a human washing machine.

Waiting with the Flowers

The floral pattern on her cotton dress almost matched the scene around her; Beautiful bouquets filled with gerbera of every shade of the rainbow laced the florist’s counter. Outside the shop’s window, there was snow on the ground. “Can I … Continue reading

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New year. New me?

About halfway through 2017, I decided to take a step back from the blog with the aim of focusing on The Novel. I am pleased to say that although I’m a couple of months behind my initial deadline, I am … Continue reading

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365 Days of Inspiration: Our Readers’ Favorite Stories on Writing and Building Community

So proud to have been part of this in 2017.

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The Drive

It always ends the same. On the rare occasions when I need to take a long drive, silence will eventually envelop the inside of the car when, after a few hours, I lose my voice to the radio of my youth. … Continue reading

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So… I made it into a book (eek!)

  Last year, a writing friend suggested submitting something for this. The plan was that once 100 stories had been received, it would be published. Well, folks, that’s exactly what happened. The challenge was conceived by award-winning editor, writer and poet, … Continue reading

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As teenagers, we used to smoke together under the old oak tree on the village green. You would light my cigarette for me and take one, long drag before handing it over. It glowed like a candle. I miss that. … Continue reading

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I think a part of me wanted to face my past but I didn’t yet know that I wasn’t ready. For too long my life had been left at half-mast in a permanent state of limbo. It was time to … Continue reading

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The Fear

I placed a shawl around my shoulders. It was just the right thickness to help ward off the chill within the room. This small comfort was enough to keep my fingers typing away for another twenty minutes. Then I came … Continue reading

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The thing that comes back to haunt me

*Content warning: This article is about childhood sexual abuse following online grooming. I’m sharing this as I’m currently struggling with a few things and hope I can find some solace in the community I unwillingly found myself in many years … Continue reading

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‘Write with passion and genuine desire’ – Writer Christie Barlow shares her tips with Author Advice

Christie Barlow In her own words: “I’m a 5ft 5in brunette born in the county of Cheshire and now, at the ripe old age of 44, I lead nothing but a glamorous lifestyle: ironing, mucking out chickens and chasing after … Continue reading

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