If you are a writer should you have a marketing strategy? I mean we write for a living (or try to), so why do we need to do anything about marketing? Well, if you have a blog you've already started. As writers we write and most of us have blogs or Facebook pages or twitter… Continue reading Marketing Strategy
I recently did a course on how to get published and they gave me a 'how to' on writing a biography so I thought I'd share it... Author Biographies For use in cover letters, to agents, websites and blogs... and anywhere else that needs them. Keep it short - I have a 50, 150, and… Continue reading My Bio and how to write one
How many hours a day do I fritter away looking at or posting on social media? Yesterday I worked out that if you added it all together it was three... Three hours I could be writing! But would I? If you are a writer you'll know that if you write constantly at one story you… Continue reading Social Media
How do you get creative? If you are stuck in a rut and have either writer's block or are just not able to write, how do you burst the bubble and come out pens smoking? I have commitment problems with my writing - I find it very difficult to continue a long project... I have… Continue reading Ways to get creative…
This is difficult, I mean in principle it is great. Use your own experience to make sense of your characters situation and you have a believable story. Except that we rarely write about our everyday lives. Instead we create lives that are more interesting, where our characters are pitched into battles, both physically and mentally,… Continue reading Write what you know?
If you want to write for a living then you need to have a few things including an imagination and the drive to want to write, and oddly business sense. This is the paradox of writing. You sit and tap away at a computer or you hand-write your master piece, and it is a work… Continue reading Advice to aspiring writers
I'm not talking clothes here. Although I do like to shop second-hand, and I love antique stores - the ultimate second-hand experience. But what I am looking at is whether you use a brand new story-line or knowingly use a second-hand one. I don't mean plagiarism, but rehashing an already well-known story. It's a bit… Continue reading Second-hand or new
Every morning I jump out of bed and run to the computer. It goes on before I'm washed and I immediately start typing.... At least that is what happens on the good days. Mostly though I am only able to write after I have finished with work. Except I do allow myself one blog post… Continue reading What motivates me…
This is the question. Up until 2011 I had not written a fiction story, now I write-up to three a week. Was I taught this? All I can say is that if I turn back to my very first story the writing is clunky. It makes sense and it a good story but the writing… Continue reading Can writing be taught?
Word counts are something that I find both liberating and stifling. When you start a piece of work you may have a word count in mind or you might be writing it for something with a strict number you can't go over. This can be stifling... If you start a story with the full intention… Continue reading Word Counts