We’ve all read books that start well, which is probably why we’ve bought them in the first place, and then sag boringly in the middle. Sometimes these pieces can end nicely too, almost as though the author knew where s/he wanted to end up, but didn’t quite know how to navigate the way deftly enough. Great: I’ve identified the issue, now I just need to … Continue reading Trying not to Lag in the Middle
Sometimes, during novel writing, I need to include something I don’t know about. For that, I need to research. It’s not my favourite part of the job. Now, that might surprise you, if you know how many degrees I have. It seems that I just don’t like researching for novel writing. In fact, it might even beat synopsis writing to the bottom slot. Clearly, I … Continue reading Research? Yuck!
Having Ashes out in the world is wonderful. Being published is just what I wanted. It’s very exciting that people will be able to read something I have poured so much of myself into. Really, it is. Then why do I feel a bit embarrassed? I am humbled when someone buys my book. I am grateful. I fervently hope they will enjoy it. (But that … Continue reading Control Freak Issues
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For those of you who have been waiting, it’s been a long time – about two years. I’m happy to tell you, though, that your wait is almost over. Ashes, my (ahem) much-anticipated first novel, is soon to be published. The good people at Lorelei Press are putting the finishing touches to Ashes as I write this. For those of you who have not been … Continue reading Ashes is on its way!
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me use a special hashtag. #AmWriting. I used to use it all the time. Every day. Then I had another baby. Now it’s a miracle if I get to write. Well, miracles do happen and I have been writing. I’m back on the short stories. I have one and a half at the moment in … Continue reading Getting Back To It
When I got pregnant for the first time, I had been a serious, obsessed writer for about seven years. I was able to foresee that the kind of three-hour writing session I was used to committing after work would be curtailed by the presence of a little person. I hadn’t realised that he would interfere with my writing while he was still in my body. … Continue reading My coffee’s decaf but I’m still a real writer
I made that up so I could discuss having ‘it’ and losing ‘it’. They always tell you to define your terms first but, that’s the thing with ‘it’, I’m not really sure what ‘it’ is. ‘It’ is the ability to write. ‘It’ is ethereal, wispy, indefinable. ‘It’ is what draws you in as a reader. ‘It’ intrigues and entrances so that the reader cannot think … Continue reading Old Writers Never Die, They Just Revert To Type
My brain is still geared to academic years. Today, then, is the start of something for me. It is time to line up all my stationery and turn to a blank page. As the world around me begins to die, I hatch new plans and look forward to the beginning of the rest of the year. There is something about the cooler weather – if … Continue reading Happy New Year!
It’s been a pretty good week here in Mitchell-Jackson towers, with lots of my short stories being accepted for publication. Here is a little over-view, but I will be reminding you of each one closer to each date of publication. Just Milk and Unfounded Allegations will be appearing in Gravel Magazine. Skipping School is going to be included in the Framing Fridays eBook. Storm will be read by the amazing … Continue reading Forthcoming Stories