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Advice part II – DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY

It took four long hard years before I had a contract – hideous waiting time only for rejection to follow rejection, and I had to confront much negativity and really tactless comments from people who did not enjoy my work. Although this can be utterly demoralizing, try not to take it personally. Just keep thinking […]

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Writing Part I – IT’S A PHYSICAL THING

Though there’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your books in a shop, of holding finished copies, of coming across complete strangers reading your novels or receiving correspondence from happy readers – it’s an arduous process to make it there.  And not just mentally.  Physically, you can do a lot to help – or [...]
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Writing Part II – RULES? THERE ARE NO RULES!

Early in my career, I met an author who told me he’d spent the day “working on dialogue”. I was beside myself with insecurity – and panicked that I should make Mondays my dialogue day, have Tuesdays for landscape and backdrop, Wednesdays for character description….until I thought hey! I like the way I write because it works […]

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Writing Part III – JUST WRITE!!

To me, it is fundamental to think about WHY you want to write. I often have people contact me saying “I want to be a writer, how do I go about being a writer?“. To me, this is skewed. You should want to ‘be a writer’ because you want to write…you need to write! Not because you are attracted to […]

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Writing Part IV – WRITER’S BLOCK – MY STORY.

I never believed Writer’s Block existed.  In fact, I’m on record saying “I feel writer’s block it’s a little like claiming to have double pneumonia when actually you have a head-cold.Writing is a job, not an indulgence.Of course there are days – weeks even, when you’re not in the mood.  However, you have to perform…” […]

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