Writing is tough. Whether you're starting out or have a few novels under your belt, sometimes all you need in order to get out of a rut, start a new project, or be able to see where to go next
is someone to talk things through with.
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I also offer manuscript assessments, copy-editing and development editing.
If you're not sure what you need, I'm always happy to chat.
... and why goals are better than 'resolutions'. This time last year, I started the Exploring Authoring blog and set myself the goal of finishing the first draft of my young adult novel before my 30th birthday. In the past, I’d started plenty of years with the vague, non-specific, resolution to ‘do more writing’ or ‘make time to write’ - but I’d never had a concrete, measurable goal. Fast forward to January 2017 and I am not only in possession of a completed first draft, I’ve
It has been over a month since I last blogged. I would feel bad about this, but it's all in aid of a good cause – I promise! As mentioned in my April Update I have been furiously working towards my first draft deadline at the end of June, and trying to fit this in around a holiday, numerous birthday celebrations, weddings, work and just general frivolity. I told myself I would have to suspend all blogging activity until the end of the month, when I would emerge victorious and
It's nearly the end of March, which will mark three whole months since I embarked on my authoring adventure. Despite the sunshine, I woke up this morning feeling a bit disappointed in my relatively low word-count, so I gave myself a stern talking-to and tried to think of all the positive things I've achieved, and what I have learned. Some of the most important and useful things I've learned are the little tips and tricks that help the words to flow a bit quicker, but we'll co
I will be the first to admit that I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with stationery. I was the kid at school who couldn't wait for the start of term, just because it meant having an excuse to go and stock up on new pens, notebooks, and pencil cases. At university, I developed a penchant for post-it notes of various sizes, shapes, and colours. And now that I'm trying my hand at being a 'proper' writer, I have a whole new reason to browse the aisles of W.H.Smith, Paperchase
Whether your end goal is to quit your day job and spend your days crafting literary master-pieces, or you are just writing for your own satisfaction, as an author you need readers. And, the truth is, those readers will not spring up from nowhere and beg for your latest novel. If you're lucky, your book might go to market at exactly the right time, be seen by the right people, and shoot to the top of the Amazon best-sellers list. Most of us, however, will have to work at getti
Making time to write can be challenging, we all know that. I don't have children but I do have a full time job, a husband, two pets, and a propensity to procrastinate. The thing is, for most of us, writing requires a level of solitude. Even if you work best in a buzzing cafe surrounded by people, chances are you don't want to be having a conversation with those people – they are there to serve as background noise. So, resisting the urge to play fetch with the dog, or watch Ma