Networking for Writers Are you swamped with book marketing and looking for a way to find new sales? Learn simple and effective networking techniques, to grow your readership and connect with other authors and book lovers, today! Whether you are a new or experienced writer, self-published or traditionally published, this book will show you how … More Book review: Lizzie Chantree, Networking for Writers
Editing Your Novel’s Structure: Tips, Tricks, and Checklists to Get You From Start to Finish Before it’s time to check for commas and iron out passive voice, fiction writers need to know that their story is strong. Are your beta readers not finishing? Do they have multiple, conflicting complaints? When you ask them questions about … More Book review: Bethany A. Tucker, Editing Your Novel’s Structure
Are you monogamous, or a terrible flirt? Don’t worry, I’m not getting too personal here, I’m talking writing. Or reading, for that matter. Turns out I’m definitely the latter when it comes to books, writing or reading them! Hence jumping on the ‘distracted boyfriend’ meme bandwagon (as well as feeling quite proud for having worked … More The ‘Other Project’
Have you booked yourself a place on my upcoming workshop, on Saturday 9th February, at North Shields Library? I know all too well that getting that support at the start of a new project is really important, and cannot wait to help you, whether it’s a brand new novel, as the title implies, or a … More Kickstart your writing this month!
I’m sure you’re all aware of the notion of ‘Imposter Syndrome’ by now, that issue suffered by a crazily high proportion of us, convinced we do not belong where we are in terms of position, seniority, career, or even hobby. The feeling that we’re really all just killing time, waiting for the hand on the … More Is ‘Snail Syndrome’ a thing?
Is there a song which really ‘gets you’, or gets under your skin? Music is such a big thing for me, it’s part of everything I do (*starts humming a certain Robin Hood theme*), including, now, inspiring my writing. And for as long as I can remember, there’s been one line, in one song, which … More A Christmas Tale (or several)
Recently, I wrote about how I’d managed to spend a whole four nights in Rome, and written nothing more than a list of what we’d seen and done during the trip. Now I’ve been back in the real world for three weeks, I’m realising just how inspiring the visit was after all. The other night, … More Reminiscing around Rome
Packing for my trip to Rome last week, choosing which notebook to take was a big issue. It sounds so daft, but I just assumed I would be so inspired by the amazing history and culture surrounding me that every few minutes I would be stopping to scribble down ideas for stories or poems. I … More On a break…
Another August, and now my third visit to the wonderfulness which is the Swanwick Writers’ School, in Derbyshire. Having successfully tackled replacement buses between Chesterfield and Derby, and joined the group gradually taking over Upper Crust in Derby Station’s lobby, I felt myself relax, and feel completely at home with both old friends and new … More Another Sunny Swanwick
You may have noticed a theme in this blog. Clearly, I love my history, and my historical fiction, but there’s a particular fondness for anything north of the border. A fortnight ago, I was thrilled to head back over to Newton Stewart, in the beautiful (and painfully quiet) Dumfries and Galloway. Quiet in visitors, but … More Scottish Adventures, and a realisation…