I thought I might serialise my book. Four years, no new content, and if anyone is still following this blog - I bet you didn't see that one coming. The book in question is 'The Fall of the Kings'. I've partly written it, but thought this might be the momentum to get it across the … Continue reading I had an Idea…
I am thrilled to share the very exciting news, that my writing buddy (and person who introduced me to the big wide world of blogging and social media), Aimee L. Salter's new book Every Ugly Word has been released today. And not only released, but launched with an almighty great fanfare as part of a … Continue reading Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
You may have noticed the tumbleweeds blowing through this blog for a while now. It’s unlikely I’ll be posting regularly for the foreseeable future, but I thought I’d share this little gem; one of my most popular from my time over at There & Draft Again. Enjoy!
The perfect name is hard to find. It’s the principle of first impressions. Get it right and your title will be the first step in enticing a reader (or agent) to pick up your book. Get it wrong and your work of fantastical brilliance will be overlooked as readers skim through the wide variety of competing titles. However with a bit of focus (and a flash of brilliance from the creative muse), you can give your title a fighting chance to stand out from the masses.
Don’t get attached to your working title:
Very rarely is your first idea your best idea. I often think of the working title as a childhood nickname. It’s fine when you’re nurturing it through the development phase, but is it really the best way to present it to the world? And bear in mind, if you’re heading down the traditional publishing route you…
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What do you call a writer who hasn't been writing? I wish this was a joke with a great punchline, but sadly it's been a miserable reality of late. My highly anticipated writing weekend fell through, and a new volunteer job has been more of a time-suck than I anticipated. So I'm doing a big … Continue reading Taking a Dip – WIPpet Wednesday
I am super excited to once again host the very talented Alana Terry, author of The Beloved Daughter! I really loved this book! The Beloved Daughter is the story of Chung-Cha, a young North Korean girl, imprisoned because of her father's christian faith. Although gritty and emotionally hard to read at times, the story is … Continue reading The Beloved Daughter an Audiobook!
It's good to be back! I enjoyed the hiatus and learned so many good, writerly things, it would be impossible to share it all in one post. (Or at least one you'd all read...). So I figured I'd just take the opportunity to give you the highlights, and a heads-up on what I'll be discussing … Continue reading Getting Caught Up
One of the highlights of my week is hanging out with the Wednesday WIPpeteers - my awesome international writing buddies, who are good enough to share snippets from their work in progress. Although these pieces are often out of context and early drafts, it's a great way to keep motivated and to catch up on … Continue reading People Skills: WIPpet Wednesday
WIPpet Wednesday is a blog-hop where writers throw open their Work in Progress to give you a sneak peak into their writing life. I had promised to post something about dragons this week - so here is 10(ish) paragraphs from the prologue of The Legend of the Kings (Book 3). (Please remember this is very … Continue reading Dragons – WIPpet Wednesday
I know I promised you dragons this week, but I've trawled back through the WIP and I can't find anything suitable to share. Most of them contained spoilers, one piece was written in a dragon's POV (probably not a keeper), and nothing else fired the imagination. So instead here's a light passage where Stellar drags … Continue reading Stellar: WIPpet Wednesday
A weekly blog hop where writers get together to share their inspiration. This week I've been revisiting an old character I love dearly, but who has really been through the wringer. He's the guy that saw danger coming and couldn't get anyone to listen to him. He's lost a lot and as the world literally … Continue reading Home Comforts – Thursday’s Children