Me on Writing

This is all about my writing process or my processing of the craft. What is this insanity? Come along with me as I discover this strange new world.

On Writing

On Writing, rule one – Write.

The End

I typed those two tiny words that mean so much, two days ago. It’s official, the first draft of my very first manuscript is finished. I’ve closed the file, and now I wait, despite wanting to rip into it and start editing. What now? Meanwhile, I’m three book reviews behind, so I’ll write those. There’s

Character Names – What and Where?

A character’s name in most cases determines the owner’s voice and character traits in the story. I’ve supplied ideas for names and how to find them.

Inspirations – The Olympics 2020

The Olympics – Inspiring no matter who you are or what you do. Watching the Olympics and I can’t help but be blown away by each athlete’s determination to succeed. I’ve cried for the triumphs and the disappointments for some. Whatever the outcome for every athlete at these games, they have already achieved what most

Me, My Story and Continuity.

‘How do you manage continuity as you write?’ I was asked recently. For me, the thought process of spoken conversation is much different to that written down.

My Authorial Writing Tools

The heading looks impressive, don’t you think? Love that word…Authorial. It’s been a little while since my last blog post, of any description, so I thought I’d talk about what tools I am using to write my novel. Pen and Paper When I attended the Sydney Writers Festival recently, I took with me a notepad

The Emotion Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglist

This is my writing bible, well, one of them. The Blurb One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes to mind, and they end up smiling, nodding, and frowning too

It’s all about Attitude

The other day, a thought occurred as I walked to work: achieving anything in life has a lot to do with your attitude. Twelve months ago today, March 11, 2020, the WHO (World Health Organisation, not the band) declared we were, in fact, in a worldwide pandemic. My life changed as it did for many

2020 – Oh, What a Year!

We’re now well and truly into 2021; January has flown by. It’s time to reflect upon 2020… oh, what a year! A year of firsts… I declared to my world at the beginning of last year, 2020 was going to be the year of firsts. I’m happy to say, I achieved what I set out

All the Good Words

I keep a daily word tally on my calendar. When I write more than 250 words each day for my novel, I reward myself with stickers, that say things like: Super Star, Nice Job, Good work, etc. It’s something I started last month so I can watch myself progress. For August, I set a target