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Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

I don’t normally start a post with a negative headline – who wants to read about misery? – but this subject has been on my mind recently…and in any case, I have the perfect excuse! It’s time for March’s Round Robin, and this month the question is: Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and…… Continue reading Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

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What does it take to actually sit down and write your first novel? #amwriting #writetip

A very, very belated Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I last posted here. I love keeping this blog. I love the responses I’ve had to my posts and the people I’ve met in the five years since I first started blogging. But I’ve reluctantly decided I will have to cut down on…… Continue reading What does it take to actually sit down and write your first novel? #amwriting #writetip

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#writetip: Why “show, not tell” is such a hard slog

“Show, don’t tell” is one of the most well-known pieces of advice for writers – and maybe one of the most difficult to follow. I’ve been thinking about this advice this past week as I edit one of my own books, and I understand just how hard it is to spot for yourself when one of your own passages is…… Continue reading #writetip: Why “show, not tell” is such a hard slog

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How writers find inspiration – or, where do stories come from?

“Where do you get your ideas from?” is a question writers are often asked – and sometimes all I can say is, “I just don’t know!” It’s not a very helpful reply, I know, but I’ve been thinking of this recently as I read over a romantic suspense story I’m editing, ready for publication. I…… Continue reading How writers find inspiration – or, where do stories come from?

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Setting goals, my writing projects for 2016, and some advice required

It’s time for the first Round Robin of 2016, and this month we are to list “one or two writing projects” we have in mind for the coming year. I really like the idea of goals. Even if I don’t achieve them, it gives me something to work towards, and – if you work by…… Continue reading Setting goals, my writing projects for 2016, and some advice required

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What to do when you’re stood up (It involves eating cake)

If you follow my blog regularly you’ll know every Tuesday I interview a fellow author. Today, though, for the second week running, my author hasn’t shown up. Was it something I said? So here I am, with a big pot of tea and a Red Velvet cake specially baked, and no one to talk to.…… Continue reading What to do when you’re stood up (It involves eating cake)