You’ve written your manuscript, thoroughly revised and edited your baby until she glows, and now you’re ready to release her to the world. Before you send her off to a potential agent, or think about self-publishing, it is vitally important that you proofread your document, and seriously consider investing in hiring a professional proofreader. What is […]Read more "P Is For Proofreading"
Who else out there is taking part in NaNoWriMo? This is my first year, and so far, so good. In the weeks leading up to the start of November, I had several different story ideas floating around my head, and I agonised over trying to choose which one to develop, eventually jotting down basic structures […]Read more "Pantsing NaNoWriMo"
As a writer, I used to think that my dream space was my own beautiful library, the smell of old books egging me on to pen my own as I sat at a large oak desk with a quill and ink. Over the last six months of traveling, I’ve found myself in a different reality, […]Read more "Where Do You Write?"
“What if…” questions make great writing prompts, and like the Idea Generator, can help you to explore your imagination, or even turn into a short story or a book. I’ve given a few example questions here for you to have a go. Feel free to share your answers or some ideas for your own “what if” questions. […]Read more "What if?"
If you only do one thing today, watch the below parody of Blurred Lines, aptly named Word Crimes – it made me “literally” LOL! 😉 Many of my pet peeves referenced here.Read more "If you only do one thing today…"
You want to write. You have a million brilliant ideas, clever sparks of inspiration. But you have a problem. All your genius ideas seem to strike when you have not the inclination or ability to develop them into their full brilliance. You meet a quirky fellow at a networking event, who, you think to yourself, would […]Read more "N is for Notetaking"
I hate writing personal bios. Firstly, they usually need to be written in the third person, which seems a bit false. Jen would never talk about herself that way, so why would she write about herself that way? (See what I mean? Awkward). Sometimes it almost feels like blowing your own trumpet as well, as you […]Read more "Personal Bio"
I was so excited when a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to assist her with her book project, on a paid basis. I was honoured that she’d choose to include me in her book-writing journey. I so believe in her and what she has to offer the world, and since […]Read more "Know Your Value"
Let me introduce you to an idea generator. All you need is a die. Roll twice for who, and once for every other category. You can then write a short piece based on your result. So, for example, I roll 2, 6, 2, 5, and 4. I could then try to write a story about […]Read more "Idea Generator"