Short Story – My competition entry

The brief: Write a short story starting with ‘I’m going to disappoint you. But you already knew that. Word Count: 700 max Any feedback is welcome. As mentioned before, I wanted to overcome my fear of letting others read work. Mother “I’m going to disappoint you. But you knew that already. ”I ran my hand […]

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Writing competitions

Since finishing my first draft, admittedly, I’ve twiddled my thumbs a little. Not wanting to start editing right before I go on holiday I’d planned to read more and write pieces for my 2nd book. However, work and life has got the better of me and life has become a marathon of dishes, laundry and […]

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Unexpected self distraction

There’s plenty of advice available out there for avoiding many of the distractions you find in the home (the dog, your spouse, the postman etc). It ranges from noise cancelling headphones to staying in a local hotel for a couple of nights. BUT what if, like me, your biggest distraction is yourself? I am lucky […]

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The Mid-season finale

Because this blog was set up to document my writing journey, I feel I must blow my own trumpet and share my news: The first draft of my debut novel is now complete! (And yes, I’m enthusiastic so included the almost illegal exclamation mark). Of course, this is no ‘grand finale’ as the real work […]

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Can writers be good at more than one genre?

The answer is as general as ‘fiction’. The reason I posed the question is really because I want some feedback. Currently I’m working on a romantic comedy (chick-lit if you prefer). It’s a light easy read with a few chuckles along the way – hopefully when it’s finished it will work well and slot right […]

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I’m so alone

Writing is a solitary activity, it’s impossible to write if you’re not alone. The problem I’ve encountered with writing is not the isolated silence of my office, I quite like that, it’s doubting my own work and knowing if what I’m writing is actually any good. As writers, we don’t have the moral support of office […]

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I’ve got new glasses, now I look the part…

   I will start my writing when I get a new laptop, desk, chair etc. Sound familiar? This is totally me, my way of procrastinating without actually admitting it – I’m not procrastinating, I’m just delaying my start time! When embarking upon a new hobby or venture, my thought process usually includes validations for delay […]

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