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This blog will present information about writing, books, life, and the exciting world of publishing.

I invite you to bring your cup and company, and I welcome your contributions. I plan on making this a pleasant interlude in your busy life.

In the future, there will be guest interviews with authors, and a few other surprises.

Writer research includes being at your favourite cafe

Writer Research: The Inside Story There’s something scrumptious about being a writer. We get to eat cake in a café and call it RESEARCH-what’s not to like? (Well, apart from the pay.) In this case, my ‘research’ (read happy event) had something to do with soundscapes....

Launch your book in 10 fail-safe easy steps

Enjoy your book launch because you've earned it Who let the dog in? The unexpected will happen during your book launch but here’s a 10-step guide to help you on your journey. And remember, you wrote a book so you’re already pretty amazing at doing things. What’s your...

Book cover design: 3 tips to success

Do we judge a book by the cover?   Me and my long-suffering designer examine images for my book cover: Me- yep, yep, yep, nup, yep Designer: Choose one book cover image! Stop saying yep. Me- y..,mmm, ooh yes, Designer: Your book isn't about puppies or firemen. Me- It...

Writing days, lemons and procrastination

Writing Days For Life throws you Lemons Yes, some writing days are sneaky and full of sabotage, like a lemon. Sometimes they're just sour and you don't have the energy for making lemonade. You tipped your half full, half empty glass all over the quilt, and well it...

Inside a writer’s mind are worlds not found on any map

What goes on inside a writer's mind? Hemingway said, ‘We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.’ ‘It took me fifteen years to realize I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.’ Robert...

A place to write and writing spaces: 5 ideas

A place to write Not at your desk 1. Strangely, you will rarely find me at my desk. Why? Like many authors, I'm still half asleep in bed when my writing needs to flow. I didn't know that Truman Capote and James Joyce wrote lying down! I write sitting up and very...

Social media for writers and where it can lead

What do I do with Social Media? This isn’t going to be a long post. It might last a few lines. I'm not even sure you're there. Existentialism aside, when you're on a social media platform it can feel like you're delivering a soliloquy in the darkest abyss of an...

How To Find The Time To Write?

Many people have asked me how I find the time to write.  I thought I would share with you how I found this elusive time to write. No, I didn’t hire cleaners or nannies or contract out the parenting. I wasn’t that smart. 1. Listening to Others In the previous blog, I...

How To Begin Your Writing Journey

Sources of Inspiration for Writers Like anything worthwhile, writing involves a lot of hard grunt and a small twinkling of inspiration. But, remarkably, inspiration is something that can flourish under the right conditions. Some days, I look at my thick spiral bound...