March 3rd, 2017
First, thanks to Kym for last week’s blog. I must confess to envying her the fact that she has a fully-fitted writing shed. I’ve always loved the idea of having a comfy little snug in the back garden where you can sit and listen to the rain on the roof, watch the birds (and cats!) and get on with your writing in peace and quiet. Perhaps it’s something I should put on my Christmas list – but I doubt Santa, or my long-suffering husband, will humour me.
Yesterday, when I was writing this, it was World Book Day. I always think this is a great idea because it gets children thinking about the books that they have read and their favourite characters. For those of you who are not familiar with World Book Day, it’s when children in schools around the country are encouraged to go to school dressed as their favourite book character. They pay £1 for this privilege and the money raised is used by Book Aid to send children’s books to third world countries where they may be in short supply and literacy levels need a boost. Last year over 60,000 books were sent to Africa alone. Read the rest of this entry »
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February 24th, 2017
For most of my remembered life, I have had a love for the written word. Books have been my treasured companions. Library’s terminals for flights of fancy, on vehicles of imagination to destinations of alternate worlds and realities. On scraps of paper I write ideas, sentences and sometimes whole paragraphs, then squirrel them away till the right time and set of circumstance would allow me to write.
Years fly past. Life is a roller coaster of amazing highs and blessings. The birth of three sons, five grand daughters, of wonderful friendships formed, nurtured and enjoyed, and the gift of travel to six of our world’s great continents. What joy and adventure I have had. This is balanced with life’s cruel lows of loss, untimely bereavement, sadness and struggle to survive the blows. Truly, what doesn’t kill you does make you stronger. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 16th, 2016
This year really seems to have gone quickly and I’m sure that many of you are already starting to mull over how you intend to push your writing career forward in 2017. For some this will involve trying to find more ‘me time’, or networking and attending writing events. For others it might involve enrolling on a writing course – either face-to-face or by distance learning.
I’m no expert on the face-to-face variety, but I do have years of experience with distance learning so I’d just like to offer some tips that you might want to consider before taking the plunge, as some courses on offer are incredibly expensive and you don’t want to make a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »
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November 4th, 2016
It’s been a while since I wrote anything here. So, how y’all keeping? Everybody well?
Things have changed a bit for me. Most notably – our youngest has started high school (and, fingers crossed, he seems to be alright). So, with a view to keeping the wolf from the door, I’ve said farewell to my days as a house-husband and started work here at the Writers Bureau – in the office.
Now, I’ve never worked in an office before, and maybe in a couple of months the novelty will wear off. But for now, I’m enjoying it. They’re a nice crew, the Writers Bureau team. We all celebrate each others birthdays, everyone brings treats back from their holidays, and we have cream cakes on Fridays, so I’m having to watch my waist-line. Read the rest of this entry »
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October 21st, 2016
First thanks to Sophia for last week’s blog. I found her list of online tools fascinating, but confess to being a bit worried by Write or Die. When I came to have a closer look, however, it wasn’t as bad as I’d expected. They’ve even introduced a ‘Reward Mode’. A picture of a cuddly kitten? Images of the designer shoes you’re lusting after? Mug-shot of your favourite author? You choose if you hit your word target. That sounds decidedly less scary than the ‘consequenses’ which they originally threatened if you dared to procrastinate!
This week I’m going to revisit a subject I’ve mentioned before – literary festivals. According to a London Book Fair report there are now more than 340 of them held each year in Britain and Ireland alone. It makes you wonder whether some authors are now spending longer attending literary festivals and beavering away on social media to drum up sales than they are on their writing. If you’re considering giving up the day job to become a full time writer it might be worth considering all the other ‘obligations’ that you’ll need to fulfil. With publishers’ promotional budgets being slashed there’s definitely more required of an author than just being able to turn a good phrase. Read the rest of this entry »
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