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"
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"
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"
What is your one thing? The thing you are passionate about; that you can’t help but do, that spills out from you? What do you lie awake at night thinking about? What are your dreams made of? Chances are, that’s what you are called to do.Read more "What is your one thing?"
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 […]Read more "Writing Is Like Renovating"
Do you have hundreds of handwritten scraps that you don’t have the time or skill to type out? What about dictaphone recordings that you’d love to turn into a book? If you’re in need of a professional and experienced transcriber, look no further! With experience transcribing for major phone companies, ticketing websites, pharmaceuticals, authors, and […]Read more "Transcription Service"
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’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, […]Read more "K is for Knowledge"
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"