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Ten Top Tips for Proofreading and Editing

January 12th, 2015

First-Draft-blogOkay, here we are, just twelve days in and it feels like the new year was months ago. How are your resolutions getting on? Mine are … just about alive. I did two workouts last week, though I lapsed when it came to the chocolate. Writing came off best – I managed some time on fiction every day, writing or editing (research doesn’t count).

I’ve been working on a short story which, some of you may recall, came out of missing a competition deadline back in November. It’s called ‘The Little People,’ and I’m now at the ‘whittling’ stage – shaving out words, shifting, checking and tidying things up so that, hopefully, it’ll become a publishable manuscript.

So, as much for myself as anyone else, here’s some handy hints to spruce up your scribblings: Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing for the Young Adult Market

January 9th, 2015

sapphire blue  coverThe success of Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars, to name just a few has made YA a hugely popular genre, and not just with teens. Many adults enjoy reading YA books too, wanting a more imaginative and emotional read than adult fiction often offers them. You’ve only got to look at the bulging shelves in the YA section of your local bookstore to see how varied this genre is. A lot of the books are the familiar black and red covers of the vampire stories that Twilight made popular, others are dystopian battles in far flung worlds or set in a future time or issue led stories about teenagers coping with cancer or death. Alongside these are romances, contemporary light-hearted satires and humorous dairy accounts of teenage life. Many writers are now wanting to tap into this potentially lucrative market and wondering how to go about it. Read the rest of this entry »




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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2015

2015First, let me wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope it will be a healthy and prosperous one for you.

So… have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I’ve made one or two and this year I’m going to try my very best to stick to them. My trusty old ‘point and click’ camera is coming to the end of its working life and tomorrow I’m going out to buy a new one (my husband’s belated Christmas present to me – though he doesn’t know it yet!)  I’m planning to get something a bit more sophisticated and then settle down and really learn how to use it properly (that’s the resolution part) so that I can provide better photos with anything I write. I might even treat myself to a photographic course. Read the rest of this entry »




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