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Authors, do you use beta readers? Editors? I have a guilty secret… #amwriting #amediting

Since I joined the Indie publishing scene back in 2013, I have read SO many times the advice, nay instruction, ‘thou shalt not publish without having your work professionally edited/proof read/beta read’. But I have a guilty secret… I don’t use editors or proof readers. Gasp! Isn’t my work trash? Well, apparently not, if my […]

Writers, how do you manage your time? Have you discovered the Pomodoro technique? #TimeManagement #amwriting

I shared this technique earlier on Marcia Meara’s blog, THE WRITE STUFF, while Marcia continues her clear up after the destruction visited upon her home by Hurricane Irma. I am not a full time writer. Like a lot of others, I have to fit my writing time around my full time business. And my business is […]

Playing the tourist – Loch Ness #Scotland #Highlands

Haven’t done one of these for a while, but most of this year has been a blur of work with no time for sightseeing. I managed to cram an entire day off into the schedule on the end of my last Highland trip and decided to play the tourist. We’ve actually owned a property nearby […]

Nottingham University #ShortStoryCompetition #winner – yours truly!

A couple of months ago, my University (Nottingham) newsletter announced a short story competition for alumni. How could I resist? The story was to be set on one of the campuses, and had a limit of 2000 words. Quite a challenge for someone accustomed to writing fantasy novels of epic length, but I decided to have a go, and chose a […]

#BookReview – P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy by D.G. Kaye #Memoir #Narcissism

On the eve of my father’s funeral, I find myself writing my review of this memoir with a real sense of gratitude that I was lucky enough to have loving parents, and little dysfunctionality in my family. My father was raised in a rather Victorian household, (he was born in 1919), where children were seen but […]

This and that, life and everything

You may have been so busy you haven’t noticed, but my blog has been pretty quiet for a while now. That isn’t because I’ve fallen out of love with blogging (I definitely haven’t), but a variety of things have kept me from having time to do more than keep up my customary Monday post. As I’ve […]

How to open a link in a new Window – and why you should #Blogging

We all want people to read our posts, don’t we? Why else would we devote so much time to blogging? So in amongst your material, you include helpful links to other articles. What you may not realise is that more often than not, once a reader clicks away from your page, they don’t come back. Particularly […]

Olympic memories

Originally posted on deborahjay:
Forgive the departure from all things writing, I am indulging myself today with memories of one of the most fantastic weeks of my life. Exactly one year ago today, Great Britain topped winning the Olympic team gold medal for dressage with individual gold and bronze in the freestyle competition. And for…

Do you think your #writing isn’t good enough? Dealing with your fears – Part 3

While it is definitely advisable to achieve a fair degree of knowledge of writing and publishing before you go ahead, if you are a writer who NEVER feels like your work is either good enough, or ready enough, then I advocate taking Hugh Laurie’s advice. There are so many ways you can self-sabotage your writing career, and […]

Do you think your #writing isn’t good enough? Dealing with your fears – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, which you can find here, I talked about the concept of POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE, a phrase much used in my normal working field of sports coaching, and how it can also be applied to writers to help overcome performance fears – in this case, performance as a writer, and as […]