So I've started a little last-minute GoFundMe campaign to support my upcoming research trip to Ireland! It's just a small amount to help make the trip a little bit easier and stress-free. The money I raise will assist me in my travel costs whilst on the ground in Ireland, including public transport, food, and accommodation. In... Continue Reading →
The pursuit of goals is a marathon not a sprint. As an author I often find myself feeling discontent with the daily steps I take toward my larger writing aspirations. Many, many hours can be spent in the pursuit of one's goal, yet it still feels as if they have only etched the slightest bit closer to the... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYE3KU_BLFc&feature=youtu.be The concept of the Plot Planning Sheet is something I learned whilst undertaking a writing course about ten years ago. It is a fantastic tool for writers at any stage of their craft, but is especially useful for beginners. The Sheet can be used for short stories and longer works like novels. In this... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bih6AFDXMq0&feature=youtu.be I have the 'On This Day' app enabled on my Facebook account. A couple of days ago my daily flashback was to one year ago, January 2016, and it detailed the rant of someone frustrated and mentally exhausted. I was in the process of publishing a book for the first time using Amazon's online... Continue Reading →
For me, 2015 was all about learning how to publish my books. Then 2016 was all about learning how to promote those books. I was told I would spend more time on promotion than actually writing, but it is so important to me to stay connected to my writing first and foremost.
Dialogue shows the reader so much about a character's personality. It helps to make them three-dimensional. Reading a character's dialogue can help you to decipher whether it sounds like a real person talking.
Five days out from Christmas, my artist friends, please don't undervalue your work and skills, especially when you are starting out. Giveaways and discounts are indeed good marketing tools, however don't be afraid of asking your price for your product! In my experience, if your price is reasonable and well researched for your product, people... Continue Reading →
Wise words from John Assaraf. Find time to do the things you love. And if you can't find the time , MAKE the time!