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What’s Your Writing Process

Sorry for not having posted anything for the last month, guys, but I was hit by this horrible flu that’s going around and was so, so poorly for ages. I’m now back to mostly full health now though and trying to get back on track. Thanks for sticking with me! The trouble with being poorly is that my whole schedule has gone completely out of the window and I wasn’t really sure what to write about...

Frankenstein Is 200 Years Old!

(Or is it more considering all his body parts were different ages?) January 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a classic in English literature and studied in schools throughout the UK. It’s a novel known throughout the world but rather than focus on analysing the text in this blog post, I wanted to focus a little more on the woman and how she came...

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...

New Year, New Gear (And Goals!)

Hold up! 2018 is here! How can that be? Last year was my first year of being pretty much a full time writer and it shot by in a flash. I had some short stories published, which was awesome and I’ve had some requests from publishers for my manuscript, which is equally awesome (I’m still waiting to hear but will update you when I do!). On reflection I consider it to be pretty successful but I want...

The End of NaNoWriMo

So NaNoWriMo has been all about my new novel and I’m so excited to have the first draft finished! I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a cosy murder mystery set in England in the 1950’s, in a small country village. The plot centres around a reading club who focus on murder and crime novels. They’re called The Sleuthing Club! Awesome, isn’t it! The main sleuth is a vicars daughter, called...

Winning or Losing at NaNoWriMo

I nervously began my first NaNoWriMo this month and though the idea was a little intimidating to begin with, I can say wholeheartedly that I loved it! I had my WIP (a 1950s murder mystery) all plotted out but hadn’t written a single word of the actual manuscript because life kept getting in the way. You know the thing, endless housework, sick kids etc. But thanks to NaNo I finished the 50,000...

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...

My First NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I began my first ever NaNoWriMo challenge. For those that don’t know, it’s National Novel Writing Month in November and the challenge is to write 50,000 words and produce a first draft by the end of the month. I already had a novel planned out, a 1950’s murder mystery story, but due to life getting in the way, hadn’t managed to write a single word of the actual manuscript. I decided to...

Can You Still Be Productive When You’re Time Poor – Part 2

The answer is…dun, dun, derrrrrrr…survey says…drum roll, please…(Okay, I’ll stop now. We all know it’s not that interesting!) YES! You can! So, if you’ll remember from last weeks’s post, with the kids on half term, time wasn’t my own and I was finding it increasingly frustrating. Even while they were in school my progress with my to-do list was incredibly slow, so half term was causing my stress...

Can You Still Be Productive When You are Time Poor?

So, I’ve managed to accomplish pretty much nothing since my kids started back at school in September and now we’re on half term holidays and the little critters are back under my feet for the next ten days. Yes, you read that right – ten days! Between housework, entertaining the kids, referring aurguments and walking the dog, my time is going to be severely limited. My stress levels are already...

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...

Why it’s important to preserve your friendships

At the start of the year, I left my part-time office job to work from home and write. I haven’t missed the job, but I have missed my colleagues (a lot!). I met some amazing people there and I miss them. We catch up from time to time but we’re all busy and it isn’t as often as we would like. I don’t know how many of you guys out there are stay at home parents, or work from home, but if, like me...

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