O is for Others

Recently, I attended a local group in my community for writers. I had no idea what or who to expect, and felt apprehensive as I walked into the little room off the library. I was warmly welcomed and introduced to the ten or so other writers who were there; who represented a variety of genres, […]

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Writing Is Like Renovating

Writing is like renovating. You start out thinking, this looks like an awesome opportunity, count me in! Then you start to work at it, and discover all the intricacies involved, and feel way out of your depth. You call in an expert opinion or two. I’d like to say this ends with a nice shiny […]

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M is for Magazine

A great way to segue into full time writing is to build up your freelance opportunities while you’re still working. Yes, this takes discipline and sacrifice, but much better than quitting your job (and salary) for a romantic vision, which unfortunately doesn’t pay the bills. Magazines are a great source of income for the writer, […]

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K is for Knowledge

I’m a big believer in self-governed learning. You may not be in a position to commit to full time university study, but you can still take responsibility for your education. In this information age, there is a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. Whether you visit a local library, sign up to a short course, […]

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The Travelling Writer

I’ve travelled between three continents over the last four months, staying in seven countries, sleeping in beds and bathtubs, on couches and on tiles. 2014 is set to be a year of travel and adventure, and the beauty of being a freelance writer/editor is that I can take my office with me wherever I go. […]

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Competition

Hey British & Irish friends, here’s a great short story competition for you to enter: Reader’s Digest 100 Word Story Competition If you think writing a short story is easy, think again. When the words are so limited, every single word matters. Of course, even in long text I believe choosing each word carefully is […]

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L Is For List

“Write a list,” she said. “It’ll help you,” she said. I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. The idea of writing a list seemed to me about as appealing as eating toenail clippings from an old man of poor hygiene. My cynicism quickly vanished as I discovered a tool that has kept me sane […]

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