How do I start writing my story?

So you’ve got a great story idea…but how – or where – should you start? How to start writing, what to do first, or what the “right” way to go about writing is are questions I see popping up in online writers’ groups all the time. In this video I talked about the importance ofContinue reading “How do I start writing my story?”

Writing through the Fog

We can’t always execute things perfectly… Picture the scene: It’s all taking much longer than you want it to, but you’re determined to just get this bit done. You promised yourself. But, the words you’re writing are, to be honest, a bit rubbish. Maybe you’ve re-written the same sentence 10 times. Maybe the tone soundsContinue reading “Writing through the Fog”

What next? What to do after finishing your draft.

You’ve finished your draft. Well done! It takes a lot of time and work to finish your draft, but what do you do when it’s finished? Here’s a bit of a break down of what your next steps might be: 1. Let it sit for a while. You’ve put your heart and soul into writingContinue reading “What next? What to do after finishing your draft.”

The A-Z of Writing Struggles

Writing is hard…but here are some tips and encouragement to get you through!

Just write.

It’s Thursday evening, one day more until the weekend begins. For some of you, that might mean only one day left to write before a busy weekend of entertaining children or catching up on that very long to-do list. For others, there’s just one more day of work between you and some devoted writing time.Continue reading “Just write.”

You know, you just don’t know that you know, you know? A few words on the ‘feedback sandwich’

A few weeks ago, I went live on Facebook to talk about the biggest thing I learned in my fiction editing course, and how I thought it could help you, too: So, you’re probably familiar with the idea of the feedback sandwich. On the top layer you have the light, fluffy feedback, the recognition allContinue reading “You know, you just don’t know that you know, you know? A few words on the ‘feedback sandwich’”

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Oh, it’s crippling doubt.

What’s the biggest thing standing in the way of your writing? For me, it’s this guy. Impostor syndrome, writer’s block…whatever you want to call it, it seems we all suffer from that inability to proceed with confidence at some time or other. The countless articles and blog posts on this all seem to say theContinue reading “Knock, knock. Who’s there? Oh, it’s crippling doubt.”

Why should I get a manuscript appraisal?

If you’re looking at this page, you’re probably going to have this question. Well, I like books. Actually, I love books. I love that magic that allows words written a year ago, a decade ago, even a century ago, to conjure up the same pictures in my head as they have in millions of others.Continue reading “Why should I get a manuscript appraisal?”