Sunday shorts – swallows and summertime

In warm sunshine it's hard to imagine bad things happening. If it all goes wrong, we think, we could forage for food, live off the land, sleep under the stars with a curious deer nosing at our bare feet. But sunshine only lasts a few days and meanwhile there's a wildfire on the moors and... Continue Reading →

40 reasons why I write – 40Reasons challenge

This is my response to a challenge issued by Bryan Hutchinson on the Positive Writer blog, to list 40Reasons why I write. Listing it like this has been helpful in expressing my goals - the expected outcomes of writing. But all my main reasons were not about the results of writing, but the act of... Continue Reading →

The 100 day book – 10 lessons from this amazing challenge

At the end of August I completed the 100 Day Book program from The Write Practice. From the middle of May, I had committed to a daily word count, and a weekly share of my work, and giving weekly feedback on the progress of other writers in the program. I had slogged and sweated and ignored... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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