Friday fic – fifty word stories

Two fifty word stories for you, on rather varied topics - vertigo, the end of the world, and regency romance. I'm reading my first ever Mills and Boon book (having run out of MC Beaton's Regency stories) a Regency Romance, and it's not at all what I expected. Mind you I picked it because it... Continue Reading →

Tired writing – tech and tips to beat writing fatigue

This post is originally from summer 2017. I am tired. I'm halfway through a Book in 100 Days program from The Write Practice, writing 1000 fresh words every single day, plus editing a large chunk of those for readability in order to share with the 100DB group every Friday. On top of this, I have... Continue Reading →

Romance Novel Title Generator

You only have to say 'romance novel' for people to begin telling you their very strong opinions about the genre. These may be positive or negative, but everybody seems to have a fixed idea of what a 'romance novel' might be. On the negative side, words like 'formulaic' and 'one dimensional' get bandied about; on... Continue Reading →

7 Day Creative Writing challenge – Sharing your work, Part 2

Now you're ready. You've written something.  You've followed the steps to take before you press Publish. Your work is as ready as you can make it. You're ready to share your work. You want to show what you've written to the world. In an earlier post, I explained why you should share, and why you should... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – sharing your work, part 1

What to do with your writing when it's done? You have written something. You're pleased with it. You want to share it with everyone you know and everyone you don't. But... wait. Take these steps before you paste it on your blog or bundle it off to an agent. Spell check. Run it through an... Continue Reading →

Friday Fic – fights and flights

It's been another tough week on various fronts, so these three stories have a rather embattled theme. This morning I thought I would have no fifty-word stories to share. I felt too burned out by Real Life to contemplate microfiction. But then I sat and wrote randomly for a while in my office, that is, McDonalds,... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – writer’s block

There are days you want to write, when you have time, resources and an idea. The magic three. But when you write, the words don't come. Trite clichés such as wading through treacle spring to mind. What do you do when every three words has to be wrung from you? When you focus and concentrate... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – draft a story in one day

So you've taken on a  7 day creative writing challenge, or a story a day challenge, and now you have to deliver. But how do you create a complete draft of a story in just one day (and do it again and again until the end of the challenge?) Here I give you the method... Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – keep going

Starting is easy. Finishing is hard. Here are some motivational tips for completing a daily writing challenge, even when you reach the prickly parts. Type, don't hand-write. I can write pretty quickly by hand but it's illegible. This means that when I've been in a pen and paper phase, at some point I have to... Continue Reading →

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge – 7 Quick tips

7 day creative writing  challenge. Story a day in May. These are the kinds of challenges I cannot resist, but right now I must, because of various Real Life things which require my time and energy.  But ... I really want to do one or both of these challenges. There are so many benefits -... Continue Reading →

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