How to Respect Diversity When Your Novel Calls for Exclusion

Today, I am writing about a topic that has been constantly on my mind for the last few years: diversity… As society is increasingly becoming more diverse and as sensitivities towards equality and inclusion grow, I am not surprised that the calls for diversity in fiction are steadily getting louder. As a writer of Young Adult (YA) fiction, I feel the weight of responsibility to … Continue reading How to Respect Diversity When Your Novel Calls for Exclusion

10 Devastating Side-Effects of Perfectionism

So, I have yet again had some serious issues with moving my WIP (work in progress) towards completion… I am about half-way through my 3rd draft and I have just come to realise that the whole things reads much better told in present tense (rather than past tense). In the interest of writing the best possible final draft of my novel, I have given in … Continue reading 10 Devastating Side-Effects of Perfectionism

3 Top Tips on Managing Self-Doubt as a Writer

I often read blog posts that deal with writers’ self-doubt and are titled something like ‘how to defeat self-doubt’ or ‘overcome self-doubt and kick-start your writing career’…pretty click-baitey but then they do get me to click through every time… However, when it comes to experiencing self-doubt as a writer, I am starting to get the feeling that self-doubt is part of the journey and needs … Continue reading 3 Top Tips on Managing Self-Doubt as a Writer

How to Stop Feeling Bad About Setbacks

Setbacks are a normal part of every writers’s life and career. Unfortunately knowing this doesn’t make them easier to accept. Hitting a setback sucks! Especially when it’s through no fault of your own. And who would know better than me? I have spent this last week in a flu-ey stupor as I have sneezed, coughed, wiped, and cried my way towards the weekend, knowing my … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Bad About Setbacks

Become Creative on Demand and Write When You Want!

To me, it seems that the number one underlying issue writers must face is the unpredictability of creative energy. You can call it a lacking touch of the muse, artistic no-man’s land, a mental prison of self-doubt, resistance…or any other name that has been given to the invisible force that has tormented creatives (and especially writers) since the dawn of time. So, how do we … Continue reading Become Creative on Demand and Write When You Want!

How to Plug Plot Holes

So, you’ve had your killer idea and are in the throws of writing your novel. The first few chapters are written and you are feeling pretty chuffed about your first draft going so well. Then it happens! Unexpectedly, your writing comes to a halt. Your character is in a (sticky) situation and you have absolutely no idea how to get them out of it. The … Continue reading How to Plug Plot Holes

4 Clues Why Writing on a Bank Holiday Might Be a Bad Idea

It’s Easter Sunday. The sun’s out. Easter Eggs are seductively beckoning from a little nest on the breakfast table and all I can think is: what am I going to post about today? Sunday is blogging day. That’s what I promised myself when I came back from the dead after a 16 month writing break. True enough. But do those rules apply on Easter Sunday? … Continue reading 4 Clues Why Writing on a Bank Holiday Might Be a Bad Idea

One Good Reason to Dismiss Writing Advice

Today, I am DONE…with writing advice. All writers know that writing processes are uniquely moulded to specific writers and that no two writers are exactly the same. So, why oh why do writers insist on inflicting their advice on others? Haven’t we all heard some of the classic evergreens? Write every day – Don’t write everyday Write faster – Write slower Outline your novel – … Continue reading One Good Reason to Dismiss Writing Advice

Why Create Buzz Whilst You Are Writing Your Book?

More often than not,  it’s the questions readers ask that lead to the most valuable revelations. I recently had a query on my video trailer for The Dream Parade (Part One). It went something like this: If you missed your publishing deadline, why did you bother leaving the book trailer up on YouTube? Isn’t that confusing readers rather than creating buzz? Point taken. My article … Continue reading Why Create Buzz Whilst You Are Writing Your Book?

3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless

There are many people out there who think that all it takes to be a successful writer is one good idea. And then, there is another crowd who are very quick to profess that all ideas are worthless and that writing is all about the execution. These are certainly the two major opinions on writing I hear discussed regularly in relation to Harry Potter, The … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless