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The only SURE way for me to follow you back is if you leave a comment. However, if your Blog has a black background and white writing then it makes my eyes squiffy...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

IWSG tips book

Congratulations to the IWSG Website on its one year Anniversary. In honor of the site's success, the moderators are compiling an anthology and invite all bloggers to submit their best tips in their blog post today.

The purpose of the book is to assist other writers on the journey, so we are looking for tips and instructions in the areas of writing, publishing, and marketing. It can be inspirational in nature as long as you provide a solid benefit. We’ve already received a lot of great entries–mostly in the area of writing–so looking for some good tips on publishing and marketing. Be sure to state which category, add a one line by-line, and permission for us to use it in the book.

Once you have posted on October 1, go to this page at the IWSG site and enter your link. Deadline for submissions is October 2.






My advice would be to switch off your internal editor while you are writing a first draft. There has been many a time I have thought: This is rubbish, no-one will want to read this and then stopped writing. 

Why is this a bad thing I hear you ask?
Because
1. it stifles creativity
2. it stunts your daily writing routine
3. if authors like Stephanie Meyer when writing the Twilight Series for example, had thought this those books would never have become the phenomenal success they became.
I for one am a great fan of them, despite thinking that if e.g. smelling blood was a problem for Jasper et al, then no way would vampires (albeit vegetarian ones) be able to exist in a school where accidents involving bleeding happen on a regular basis (e.g. the paper cut incident in book 2 which causes so much grief.)
4. to be good at something you must have experience and know-how which can only be gained by writing and reading lots.

So what are you waiting for? 

See post below about  reviews for the latest e-book of a blogger who writes and writes and publishes his stuff regularly...

Review Time

I was asked to read and review Milo James Fowler's latest e-read.

You can find it here:

Amazon  & Goodreads

In a city run by a powerful mobster, nobody wants to play the hero. Private investigator Charlie Madison just wants to pay the rent.

When a little girl goes missing and no ransom demand is made, Madison takes the case. Time isn't on his side. After 48 hours, it's unlikely an abducted child will be found in one piece. But Madison's a champion of lost causes, and he'll be damned before he gives up on her--even if it means putting his life on the line.

As the mystery unfolds, Madison learns a bizarre secret that seems too impossible to believe. But it could explain why the girl was kidnapped--and why she might still be alive.


I found it though-provoking and it left me wanting to know more, especially about the character of Ivan.

Read it and see what you think...

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Freedom to Fail

 http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ Since my dad's passing, life is gradually returning to an easier pace of acceptance and peace, so hopefully my writing muse will also return...


'Great creativity comes from freedom to fail' Peter Gabriel






I hope you give yourselves freedom to fail...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Long Goodbye

Well, the long journey through dementia (diagnosed in 2005) has ended for my beloved father, who is now at peace. 
He is no longer suffering, since he died on the morning of Tuesday 5th Aug 2014.

My husband and I were with him as he passed from this world into Paradise.
We have been comforted by reading the book Appointments with Heaven, by Reggie Anderson, which is very thought-provoking.

We are very sad for our loss yet happy that he has now found peace and joy in Heaven. 

My thanks to all my lovely followers who continue to offer their support and kind words 
during what has been a very difficult few years.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

August Goals

Has anyone made any goals for August in terms of their writing? 

My goals are to continue not to spread myself as thinly as I have been, while I concentrate on getting through the next few months with family stuff and then there will be time to return to writing and blogging properly in due course.

Until then, I read, knit, crochet and visit my ailing parents.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Voice and Genre

I picked up this novel Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens, when browsing the local bookstore and read the first page to see if it was something that was worth purchasing. I was hooked and decided to buy a copy.

I'm only just getting into it and so far I am enjoying this teen novel with its age and genre appropriate voice; that of a young girl confiding her exploits to the reader, as though she were reporting it in her diary or a letter.

Excellent! 



I just read that she completed the first draft as a Nanowrimo in 2011!! Impressive.