Unexpected Writing Curveballs and Big Decisions #writer

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This is going to be a bit of a download so stay with me. Blogging allows me to do this and I always feel lighter after emptying my head of thoughts onto a blog post. The unexpected curveball Last week I had an unexpected writing curveball. I got an email to say I was through […]

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Things You Think About When Your Draft Novel Is With Beta-Readers #writer

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Let’s all take a moment to feel grateful for beta-readers. They are special people who kindly agree to read our draft books and give us much needed reader feedback. Their feedback emails are so valuable…once we have recovered from their initial thoughts about our beloved stories. I have had some wonderful beta-readers and without their […]

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Does Your Story Require More Cooking Time? #AmWriting

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Your story idea is busy cooking on the creative stove inside your head. It will bubble away nicely under a steady heat as you go about your daily business. One day you will get a delicious whiff of your story in the form of an interesting scene or a quirky character and your excitement will […]

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How To Cheer Up Writer Friends #AmWriting

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Writer friends are special human beings. You will not find anyone who understands your creative side as much as they do. You share a different kind of friendship bond with writer friends. These friendships are forged over stinky first drafts, lengthy emails/ texts/ messages about our quirky writing processes, thought-provoking GIFs, shared bestseller daydreams and […]

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A Job Description For The Writer’s Pet #amwriting

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Sometimes, the best part about writing is that my dog is always snoring nearby, offering sleepy moral support as I sit at my desk, agonizing over my latest fictional romance. Lots of well known writers have had pet sidekicks; Charles Dickens’ cherished animal companion was a raven named Grip, Edgar Allan Poe was a cat-person […]

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The Importance of Being Able To Find Your Way Back To Your Writing #AmWriting

After reading as much as I can about the literary journeys of different authors, I have come to the conclusion that writing success comes to those who have…mastered the art of finding their way back to their projects. We leave our stories behind for a variety of reasons: We need to distance ourselves from them […]

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35 Things You Don’t See When You buy A Book #MondayBlogs

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The idea for this post came to me after I was reading an article on Medium about the phrase overnight success. I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye? Once you type this myth […]

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Why Some Stories Will Never Make It Out Of Your Notebook #AmWriting #Writer

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It has taken me a long time to accept this. When you start out as a writer, your ego assures you that ALL your stories will, at some point, turn into bestselling novels. You happily fill up an array of notebooks with stories, quietly confident, they will all feature somewhere in your future writing career. […]

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Things You Should Do With New Story Ideas #AmWriting

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I believe brand new story ideas should be handled with care and attention. Looking back I wish I had read a post like this when I was starting to take my writing seriously. I was so excited with my shiny new story ideas that I wanted to tell everyone I met about them. The trouble […]

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