So you’re writing a novel. Where do you start?

So you’re writing a novel. Where do you start?

People generally ask how one attempts to write a whole novel. Sure, it’s one word, followed by another, but which words? My professional experience taught me one thing about the writing process. There are two types of people when it comes to writing. Those who are terrified and intimidated by the blank page, and those who …

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News

News

News It seems already that we have lost so many great talents in 2016 and it’s only just the end of February now. This month we said goodbye to three writers who will leave their mark on generations of readers to come. Umberto Eco January 5th 1932 – February 19th 2016 Milan – aged 84 …

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Please God – not another synopsis

Please God – not another synopsis

Well it’s been an interesting week here at the desk. JK Rowling (Twitter Queen) relayed a public service announcement about the Lucy Cavendish Prize. “A great opportunity for unpublished female writers resident in UK and Ireland,” she says. I decided, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right? I’m an unpublished female writer, and at this point in time …

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How do YOU spell dilemma?

How do YOU spell dilemma?

My feathers were ruffled somewhat this afternoon. My husband asked, “How do you spell dilemma?”  Now I like to think ‘words’ are something I’m relatively good at. True, sometimes I have to write a word down to be sure, but generally speaking, I can spell. I replied with confidence “D.I.L.E.M.N.A.”. Oh, the glee on his face as he …

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Life after the first draft

Life after the first draft

“Hurray – I have finally finished the first draft of my first novel”. When I posted this update on Facebook a few months ago, I was overwhelmed with the number of friends that congratulated me on my achievement. I was feeling pretty chuffed with myself as you can imagine. All previous attempts to write a novel …

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Live. Love. Laugh. Create.

Live. Love. Laugh. Create.

As a professional writer with a significant number of years under my belt in the publishing and corporate world, the decision to branch into longer prose was an emotionally challenging one. After all, my childhood dream was to write a book. My teenage dream and my early 20s dream was, yes you’ve guessed it, to write …

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