Are you stuck on your latest book? Or do you have an idea for a novel inside you, but you don’t know where to start? Whatever stage of the process you’re at, a helpful exercise can be to write the blurb that would go on the back cover. You’ll need to simplify your ideas enough […]Read more "Write the Blurb"
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, […]Read more "O is for Others"
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, […]Read more "M is for Magazine"
This girl is amazing!!! Need a little encouragement? Flick her an email with your address and she will write you a letter. Wow. She makes the world a kinder and more beautiful place. One Million Lovely LettersRead more "Words That Make a World of Difference"
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. […]Read more "The Travelling Writer"
Dear Diary, Hello! Remember me? I know; it’s been too long! Sorry about that. I guess I just got busy. No, really. Okay. You caught me. It’s more than that. I’ve been avoiding you like the plague. It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with you. I do! Believe me. We both know how […]Read more "J is for Journal"
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 […]Read more "Competition"