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Ten Top Tips From Ten Top Writers

November 10th, 2014

Top-Writers-blogI sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable when people ask me to give advice to other writers. Though I’ve worked hard on my style over the years, and I think I’m a fairly good storyteller, I’ve never been on a bestsellers list or won any kind of major prize. So for this month’s ten top tips I’ve dug up a collection of gems from some really successful wordsmiths. Now, these tips are all guaranteed good, any one of them will make a better writer of you. Even so, they won’t write your book for you – you’ll still have to do that yourself. They may help keep your spirits up along the way though. So, enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »




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What a to-do over a review!

November 3rd, 2014

On-Writing-199x300To brighten up your Monday I thought I’d give you something that will, hopefully, make you smile. It’s a short  snippet from Radio 4 – A L Kennedy On the Writing Life.

A L Kennedy, if you’ve not encountered any of her work before, is a prize-winning novelist, short story writer… and stand-up comedian. She’s won a number of awards for her work and has published  On Writing based on her blog for the Guardian Online.

In this monologue she takes a quirky view of something you can look forward to when you’re a famous author  –  odd reviews, bad reviews, good reviews, and how to deal with them!  She also looks at the benefits to be gained from having a win in a reputable, well-established literary competitions.

So sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Nurture Your Gothic Imagination!

October 3rd, 2014

grim-reaperFirst, thanks to Kathryn for last Friday’s blog post. I hope it gave you a little bit of a nudge. Many writers are natural introverts. They’re also often shy about showing their work to others at the beginning of their career – frightened that those close to them will be too kind to be constructive and others may provide harsh, confidence-sapping feedback. Read the rest of this entry »




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It’s a Complicated Business

September 22nd, 2014

Self-Publish-blogThey used to call it ‘Vanity-Publishing,’ but that was back in the days of rotary telephones and four channel TV. These days it’s ‘Self-Publishing,’ and it’s quite the thing. There’s loads of ‘Book-Making’ websites out there, Amazon even has one of its own. But are they any good? What do they actually provide? Do you have to pay them up front? And do they take a cut of your profits? (should you ever make any). Read the rest of this entry »




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So, Once You’ve Finished Writing It …

September 17th, 2014

Buy-My-Book-blogIf you’ve read any of my other blogs, you’ll know that I started writing a Fantasy Trilogy back in nineteen ninety blah. Now, I have no excuse, I’m just very slow (and easily distracted). But working on the assumption that I will finish it one day – what then? Read the rest of this entry »




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