So, as some of you may be aware, I am currently enjoying my holiday in the South of France. Today I took a trip to Cannes, a famed location for les artistes. Among the luxury of designer shops, seafront hotels, and lines of yachts, was a certain ambience. For some reason, whenever I visit the … Continue reading A Day Out In Cannes (for a writer and stationery addict)
I recently finished reading The Belles and came across an interesting concept - that our novels can come from somewhere deeper. They can come from our personal 'monsters'. Clayton tells us that The Belles was conceived from her adolescent struggles to understand something I doubt we will ever have the answer to; what is beautiful? … Continue reading What’s Your Monster?
1. Less is so much more Honestly, if I have learned anything in the past 12 months it is that flogging yourself with blog posts, social media, and entrepreneurs in your inbox won't make life any easier. I work with clients 9-5 Monday to Friday and find myself telling them over and over, "slow down" … Continue reading 5 Ways To Improve Your Productivity
Yes it's a thing, I researched it. UK readers and writers, our time is now. Or more precisely, Monday 29th April until Monday 5th May. So what is National Stationery Week, other than the one holiday I didn't know I needed? This week celebrates the importance of writing by gathering all stationery addicts and handwriters … Continue reading National Stationery Week: Part I
So I have reached the end of the road with Eleri's Kingdom! What was once just an idea, became a side project that developed a life of its own. Something I hoped to write, finish, and publish in a matter of months last Autumn became a task that I couldn't complete until the New Year. … Continue reading 5 Reasons A Serial Might Be Just What You Need
Today's post is part of a two-post collaboration with the wonderful Benet Stoen. She approached me a couple of weeks ago to combine our minds on the age old protagonist/antagonist challenge. Plenty of people offer advice on how an antagonist should be credible, or how a protagonist shouldn't be perfect. So if you'd like to … Continue reading 5 Tips to Create a Strong Antagonist
I was nominated for this amazing award by a fellow blogger who is fast becoming a good friend of mine. Emily and her blog have served as inspiration since I began my own blogging journey less than two months ago. She has been a cheerleader across Twitter and Instagram, her blog features book reviews, lifestyle … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award
We are just one week away from the release of Eleri's Kingdom! I am really happy with how it has come along and am just finishing up those pesky last few chapters as part of Camp NaNoWriMo. So far you have read excerpts from the first three chapters, you know the chapter titles, and you … Continue reading Are you ready?
Never have I ever come across so many pieces of advice on writing fiction than when I joined all social media platforms under the title 'author'. Every single person you encounter can tell you what is wrong with your novel, how your clichés are too much, how your characters are too predictable, how you are … Continue reading The five things your novel is missing that you never thought about
It's day 18. We have less than two weeks left of Camp NaNoWriMo. I thought I'd check in with you to see how you're all doing and share how I've been getting on. In all honesty, it's been tough. My word count is barely shifting and I've hit a bit of a block. This will … Continue reading Over halfway there!