#ChickLitMay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

It’s International Chick Lit Month and we’re celebrating by giving away a Kindle paperwhite complete with 30 ebooks to one lucky hopper! All you have to do is read the blog and follow the instructions at the bottom of this post. This stop is for book boyfriend Scott Richardson, from my novel, The Secret to Falling […]

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Editing Continued 

I’ve not blogged much recently as I’ve really dived into editing. It’s my first edit and those of you who read my previous blog may remember that I’d had a tough start. I spent a lot of time analysing each line; •Was it rubbish? •Did it convey meaning to the reader? •Did it add to […]

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Editing – Day 1

It hasn’t gone incredibly well I’m afraid to say. Reading my own work has been hard, cringe-worthy in fact and I’m not sure why. Compared to similar pieces of writing it doesn’t stand out as being dreadful or even any worse. I think, being completely honest, I’d wanted it to be better than anything I’ve […]

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Taking a break

I’d heard the idioms (and clichés), ‘recharge your batteries’, ‘take a break’, ‘you’ll feel refreshed and raring to go after a holiday’. Well the truth is, in the past I never have felt ‘raring’to go’ after a holiday. I’ve always just resented going back to work more after a few weeks relaxing in the sun, […]

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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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