This is difficult, I mean in principle it is great. Use your own experience to make sense of your characters situation and you have a believable story. Except that we rarely write about our everyday lives. Instead we create lives that are more interesting, where our characters are pitched into battles, both physically and mentally,… Continue reading Write what you know?
This is a tough one for me as I love all the books I read. But I didn't learn to read until I was 11 years old. Until then the dyslexia had left me looking at a page that made no sense. The words moved and they were just wrong. I'd like to say that… Continue reading All-time fave book
If you want to write for a living then you need to have a few things including an imagination and the drive to want to write, and oddly business sense. This is the paradox of writing. You sit and tap away at a computer or you hand-write your master piece, and it is a work… Continue reading Advice to aspiring writers
I'm not talking clothes here. Although I do like to shop second-hand, and I love antique stores - the ultimate second-hand experience. But what I am looking at is whether you use a brand new story-line or knowingly use a second-hand one. I don't mean plagiarism, but rehashing an already well-known story. It's a bit… Continue reading Second-hand or new
Every morning I jump out of bed and run to the computer. It goes on before I'm washed and I immediately start typing.... At least that is what happens on the good days. Mostly though I am only able to write after I have finished with work. Except I do allow myself one blog post… Continue reading What motivates me…
Fly on the Wall There are so many times and stages in history that I would love to see. To just go back and watch what happens. The day that Shakespeare realised he could write, and the first applause he got. The day the first dinosaur was hatched and the day of the last. The… Continue reading Daily Prompt – Fly on the Wall
This is the question. Up until 2011 I had not written a fiction story, now I write-up to three a week. Was I taught this? All I can say is that if I turn back to my very first story the writing is clunky. It makes sense and it a good story but the writing… Continue reading Can writing be taught?
Word counts are something that I find both liberating and stifling. When you start a piece of work you may have a word count in mind or you might be writing it for something with a strict number you can't go over. This can be stifling... If you start a story with the full intention… Continue reading Word Counts
Stranger in a Strange Land The coach picked us up outside the hall, and I was transported back to my childhood; soggy sandwiches and warm orange drinks. Then I was back and we were filing into the coach. It was 9 am and we were to be on the road for six hours or more.… Continue reading Daily Prompt – Stranger in a Strange Land
This is a conundrum I have been asking myself for a while; traditional or DIY publishing. After all, self-publishing no longer has the same reputation and isn't called 'vanity press' any more, but rather 'indie publishing'. Indie Publishing To be an indie publisher sounds quiet cool, but what would I be taking on? Well, to… Continue reading Traditional or DIY