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HANGING ON TO YOUR SELF BELIEF

By the time dawn came around, my self-belief had taken a nose dive and I was considering giving up writing and doing something less stressful, like bungee jumping. But, writing is a leap into the unknown.  You need to constantly keep challenging yourself, bumbling along in the inside lane is not going to get you anywhere. “Do one thing every day that scares you."  Eleanor Roosevelt. Test your mettle on a daily basis, you will never know whether how good you are until you take that leap of faith.

And… Three Title Changes Later…

Just shy of 4 years and 3 title changes... I'm getting there. #iamwriting

EDITED OUT: Time to Call it a Day

I have no regrets, I have written and finished my first novel.  It is not War and Peace, it was never written with the intention of it becoming a literary masterpiece. It's about life, love and finding out who you are.  It is a story that evolved over a four year period,  but as I begin my next project I am starting with a clearer idea about where and what my characters are going to be doing with their lives.

HOOKING YOUR READER

It is becoming clear that writing a cracking opening chapter is something I have yet to master. You have to engage your reader during the first three pages of your novel. Your opening chapter needs to be kick-ass and a killer first line is essential. My First Line:  "Lisa Grant struggled to open the rain-swollen... Continue Reading →

DEFINING MOMENTS TEASER – QUADRAGENARIAN

Extract from Defining Moments... the morning after the night of Lisa Grant's fortieth birthday.

DEFINING MOMENTS TEASER – ELIZABETH

A short extract from the penultimate edit of Defining Moments a bittersweet coming of (middle) age story about Baby Boomer, Lisa Grant, who struggles to sustain a long-term relationship because of the fallout from her dysfunctional childhood. Let me introduce you to her Mother...

DEFINING MOMENTS: A VISUAL SYNOPSIS

Defining Moments is a bittersweet coming of (middle) age story about Baby Boomer, Lisa Grant, ex-columnist for Focal Point magazine, who struggles to sustain a long-term relationship because of the fallout from her dysfunctional childhood. 

Make Sure Your Fiction is Baked to Perfection

I'm guilty of having had more than one celebration to mark 'The End'. When I finished the first complete draft...and it was shite...after finishing the first few edits... yes... it's all very exciting when you finish editing drafts 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and even the 10th...but celebrating all these milestones is premature. I've had a very doughy middle for some time because my novel was only half cooked.

Wednesday Short

My Writers Group are convinced I am suffering from some sort of Mother Complex. Maybe I am but one does tend to write about the things they are familiar with.

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