When do you move from being a hobbyist to being an author? It’s a question that has plagued me over the past months. Fear not. I have looked at all the important qualities that make an author and put them together here for you as a simple test. Look at each of the following statements and its accompanying … Continue reading How Do You Know If You’re An Author? Take The Author Test Today
Many of us are used to deadlines. They make sense, right? Someone needs us to complete something, so they tell us when they need it to be done, and …Want to write a novel? 3 reasons you need to be setting deadlines (for yourself, that is!)
Another week in the bag, and let me tell you, I'm feeling good about that! Not that I'm another week older, but it's one week closer to the end of a whole mess of **** that I'm going through at the moment. Life can kick you in the rear end some times and leave you … Continue reading Serial Saturday [Horror]: The Photograph #2
This clever little idea to share your work comes from Linda Hill. Join in and share your ideas HERE. The rules: 1. The post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write. 2. The post can be as long or as … Continue reading Stream Of Consciousness Saturday – “Dave Would Have Been A Better Choice.”
Query letters are something I have found perplexing. Finding these tips over on A Writer's Path should help... by Katie McCoach A few weeks ago was the submission review period for the annual RevPit contest. During this review period, each editor has one week to review submissions from authors in order to make … Continue reading 15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters – A Writer’s Path
Saturday day again and time for another instalment of my story, A Snap of the Fingers. This week has been incredibly busy, with a new series of Instagram marketing for authors in the books and a new story started, but not too busy to forget this series of what is one of my favourite stories. … Continue reading Serial Saturday: [Horror] A Snap of the Fingers #4
March is over, and time for a recap on what has happened in the last four weeks, both with my writing, but also with my health. If you're here for the writing updates and info on what I've learned, that bit comes first, as it should. I can't lie, MS is a huge part of … Continue reading Diary of an Author With Multiple Sclerosis – March 2019
The First-Person, Present Tense Devil I sit in my misery for some considerable time. Time enough for the shadows in the office to lengthen. Quitting time is right around the corner. The flyer sits on my desk in front of me, ready for my assessment. It sucks. That’s my assessment. It’s a huge waste of … Continue reading First Person, Present Tense. Is it the Devil in Disguise?
So last Saturday was a gap week, following the end of Die, Blossom, Bloom. A chance to cleanse your palate, if you like, before your next story begins as it does today. This time, I would like to offer you a short horror story from my first collection, A Sinister Six. The story is The … Continue reading Serial Saturday: [Horror] The Book #1
So, I've been away on holiday. Hooray for me! My wife, son and myself have spent the last week in sunny Devon, and very nice it was, but I've been working on an idea for a novel which I didn't want to leave behind for a whole week. Of course I took my notepad and … Continue reading Writing on the move! I’ve Discovered a New Tool!