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 “A great opportunity for unpublished female writers resident in UK and Ireland,” she says.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 I’m an unpublished female writer, and at this point in time …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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Under starter’s orders

Under starter’s orders

So there I was ready to write ‘the’ novel. The one I have been living with in my mind for so many years.  I was excited, motivated, exhilarated – you name it – I was it! Until it hit me. Writing a novel is actually quite a daunting process (no shit Sherlock I hear you say)! I …

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Why writers write!

Why writers write!

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I am so looking forward to the release of Harper Lee’s ‘prequel’ of To Kill a Mockingbird. I know many of her fans over the years begged her to write another, yet she declined to put pen to paper once more. Now, decades later, Harper has revealed …

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