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Spring Inspiration

February 22nd, 2019

First, thanks to Cheryl for last week’s blog. It just goes to show how rewarding perseverance can be but there are times when you really do have to try, try, and try again if you want to achieve your goal, whether it’s finishing your novel or seeing it into print!

Incidentally, if you are interested in self-publishing, then you might want to consider attending the 7th Self-Publishing Conference at Leicester University on Saturday, 27th April.  The organisers say that it’s: “…the perfect day for authors thinking about, or already involved in, self-publishing their work. Whether you are going it alone or using a self-publishing company, this conference offers multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics.” And at £70 including a delegate’s pack, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a drinks reception and a choice from more than 16 sessions on different aspects of the business it sounds really good value for money. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Perils Of Self-Publishing

February 15th, 2019

My first attempts into the realms of self-publishing were very tentative to say the least. I’m not the best when it comes to technology.

At first I kept going into the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) website and just having a look at the process but didn’t do anything about it.

After a few weeks of this I finally plucked up the courage to take action. One step at a time I got through it. To be honest, the kindle edition was straightforward but the paperback was a nightmare. The formatting was the difficulty. I kept going into the help section but didn’t understand. All I saw were loads of figures which blurred and merged into one before my eyes. (I’m not good with figures either.) I got there in the end but was ready to throw my laptop out the window. Tearing my hair out came into the equation as well. Writing the book was easy compared to this. Read the rest of this entry »




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Getting To Know Your Characters Better

February 8th, 2019

First, thanks to Kunda for last week’s blog – it’s always interesting to hear how our overseas students get a foot on the writing ladder. It just goes to show that the ideas taught in the course are universal. Wherever you live, they still apply!

Some writers find bringing their characters to life easy – they spring from the imagination fully formed and ready to go. Others don’t find it quite so easy. So, here are a few tips for making your characters more real.

Obviously, you’ve got to give them a name – one that is appropriate to the era and country in which your work is set. The name should also be appropriate to their age, social circumstances and disposition – unless incongruity in this area forms part of your plot. And, don’t forget that names that were once considered old fashioned are now all the rage. My mum, who would now be 103 were she still alive, was called Edith and as a child I remember many of her older relatives referring to her as Edie. So I was surprised recently to hear that one of my son’s friends has named her baby daughter Edie! Read the rest of this entry »




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My Writing Road

February 1st, 2019

Some years back, I completely ignored several promotional messages from the Writers Bureau.  However, from the time I enrolled with them, I can confidently state that I am now on the road to success in writing.

Like many unfortunate individuals in African countries, I had a difficult childhood that made me leave school before attaining tertiary education. Nevertheless, I always had latent interest in writing and sought to share acquired knowledge in different aspects of life. I had always longed to start writing but lacked confidence due to my humble education and a demanding day job. Read the rest of this entry »




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