Category Archives: Writing

A life of its own

There’s Magic in them there words! There’s something magical about writing. Well, yeah, I would think that, wouldn’t I? – but it’s true. However badly written a book, I’ve never yet found one that didn’t convince me that its story was … Continue reading

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Dare to Dream: imagination and the Space Station

This week is “Brits in Space” week – Major Tim Peake has finished his years of astronaut training by blasting off to the International Space Station. I’ve been watching with utter absorption because I love the ISS – to me … Continue reading

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What you need to finish a book:

… tea, chocolate, and desperation (oh, and Post-it notes). Tea. I’m British, and this is the national curative. Just been in a minor accident? I’ll make you a cup of sweet tea for the shock. Bad exam results? Have a … Continue reading

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The Last Dreamseer’s theme tune

I always write with music on in the background. Writers have strong feelings about this. Like plotter-vs-pantster debates, fellow writers either consider music a vital adjunct to the creative process, or a barbaric derailment of inspirational flow. While I’m sure … Continue reading

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Re-filling the Well

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been pretty busy with the nitty-gritty of publishing lately. The Last Dreamseer is now live at e-retailers and ready to launch on 27th November (yippee!), but the pace hasn’t let up as I’ve been liaising … Continue reading

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The art of knowing when to stop

I am in the thick of final, final, FINAL proofing for my next novel, The Last Dreamseer. Somehow, I thought it would be quicker than this. I’ll explain my editing process: I’ve written the book, had writer friends look at … Continue reading

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Divide and Conquer

As my adventures in self-publishing continue, I’m learning (slowly) how to juggle the many hats I need to wear. Key, for me, is to have the discipline to change hats and not keep the same one on all day. I … Continue reading

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Laser-like focus

Pinch, punch it’s November 1st so for once I don’t need to struggle to think of a topic to blog about: it’s NaNoWriMo time. I’m a firm fan of NaNoWriMo, because it matches the way I work, splurging a dirty … Continue reading

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Overcoming Marketer’s Block

I haven’t blogged for a few weeks. I have a couple of good excuses – I’ve been crazy busy finishing the dirty draft of one novel and working on edits for another. Since I’m a writer, it’s good to be busy … Continue reading

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Please Release Me

My blog this week is in support of the hugely talented Rhoda Baxter, whose new novel, Please Release Me, is on sale RIGHT NOW! Please Release Me features characters who are all ‘stuck’ in some way, so I’m taking that … Continue reading

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