Katie Ginger, Writer Live. Read. Write.

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Surviving working from home in the holidays when you think you’re going crazy!

We’re now about halfway through the big school summer holidays in the UK and if you’re anything like me, that means you’re pulling your hair out trying to keep the kids occupied. If you also have to work from home, life gets even more complicated. That’s why I’ve compiled my top survival tips below to help you make the most of the time you’ve got and enjoy...

My Top 5 Tips for Self-Editing

I’ve been writing for a while now and that means a lot of editing, and I mean A. LOT! It’s important to edit, edit, edit before you even think about submitting to a publisher and even if your book is accepted, it’s likely you’ll face even more edits, this time with the guidance of your agent or editor. I think learning to self-edit is one of the hardest skills to acquire...

Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

Four Week Summer Gin Recipe

If any of you guys are based in the UK and have kids you’ll be facing the prospect of the big six week summer holiday and that requires one thing – Gin!   I’m an absolute gin lover. I’m completely nuts about all the different types of gin you can get and all the different ways you can drink it. I particularly enjoy a gin cocktail (does anybody not?). And with the...

Cover Reveal!!

I can honestly say this is one of the most exciting days of my life – my first ever cover reveal! Today I can finally show you all the cover of my first book, The Little Theatre on the Seafront.   When Lottie’s Gran dies she leaves one last request; save Greenley Theatre. Faced with a decaying building, a mayor who most definitely isn’t on board with the project and a group of actors who...

Is your desk safe?

Before you click off this post because it sounds a bit like a boring health and safety announcement, please don’t! It might be a bit dull, but honestly, for anyone working from home at a desk shoved in a corner of their dining room, living room, or at the kitchen table, please take a moment to read through some of the tips I’ve found to make sure you don’t end up with a bad...

Watching TV can improve your writing. Honestly!

This isn’t just an excuse to binge watch Netflix in the name of research, I promise! You really can learn some great tips for writing by watching TV. Just like they say the best way to improve your writing is to read, read, read, I think the same can be said for watching your favourite programmes on television. One of the things I struggle with as a writer is describing interesting but...

PARTAY! My Night at the Harper Collins Summer Party 2018

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Harper Collins Summer Party and even though it rained a bit (can you believe it with the weather we’ve had!) I had the most awesome time! I was really nervous to begin with. There were around a 1000 people there and I’d never met any of them before. But I’d chatted to a few authors on Facebook and Twitter, and once I recognised them I...

Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

Literary gifts for the writer (or reader) in your life!

You can keep your expensive designer gear, you can keep your flowers and boxes of chocolates (okay, maybe not the chocolates), and you can even keep your fancy handbags, but the one thing I am a total sucker for is a literary gift. If ever my husband is struggling to find me something for my birthday, or for Christmas, I always point him in the direction of somewhere like The Literary Gift...

Writer’s arse is an actual thing!

You may not believe me, but writers arse is an actual real thing! I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to writers, in fact, I’m sure it’s common to anyone with a desk job. But the fact is when deadlines come around, healthy eating will, most likely, go out of the window. The first deadline I had caught me unawares. I wasn’t prepared for the crazy deadline-induced...

My top 5 tips for writing contemporary romance

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on what types of blog posts to write and one of the things I love to read is advice from authors. Now, I realise my debut novel isn’t out until September and I’m by no means an expert, but having begun to go through the process of revisions and edits, I’ve been learning a lot about writing contemporary romance and I thought...

Katie Ginger, Writer Live. Read. Write.

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