Why Spontaneity Is So Crucial In Our Writing

spontaneity in writing, freedom in writing, free expression

"I always distrust overly specific writing advice. I don’t agree with it, necessarily. When you’re thinking about what to write or how to write something, it’s too easy to make a lot of arbitrary rules for yourself. I think the difficult thing with … [Read more...]

How Many Rejections Before You Give Up?

My sister forwarded me an inspiring post the other day by British writer and winner of the Costa Prize, Nathan Filer. His post raised a question that often torments me: 'How many rejections before I give up?' Five rejections in and currently … [Read more...]

Your credentials, Ma’am?

Writing Tips and Inspiration

“To those of us who often procrastinate on the decision we feel intimidated by lack of education or any area of weakness. I relieve you with this statement: It is not how much you know that arms you with the tools of great decision making, but rather … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Handle Rejection Whilst Querying

Dealing with Rejection

The submission stage is hell. There's no escaping it. When you first send your opening chapters out to the world for judgment you're on a high, unsure what to expect. You've read the stats, you know you have an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker's chance of … [Read more...]

The True Writer

Aix En Provence

I have something to confess. While my family and I sauntered across England, Wales, France and Dubai on an extremely over-indulged five-week adventure -- I didn't write a word. Not one single word. What's more, I didn't sink into an … [Read more...]

Writers and Superstitions

Black Cat

“The general root of superstition : namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.” ― Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon Nathan Bransford … [Read more...]

Guest Post by Writer’s Relief: Why Most Manuscripts Get Rejected


I feel privileged to have Writer's Relief as my guest today. With a wealth of experience helping writers get their work published, they are here to let us know the most common reasons manuscripts get rejected. I'll hand you straight over and let … [Read more...]

The Waiting Game

It's a nerve-racking time when you've cast your manuscript out to agents for scrutiny. You continue your normal life trying not to think about it, pretending it's not one of the most pivotal points in your career. But secretly, silently you're … [Read more...]

The Challenges of Writing for Children

This is Dwayne. A Cockatoo that befriended us during the holidays.

Last night I lay curled up with my nine-year-old daughter on her bed as we read my book together. It's a precious time of the day that we both look forward to. Yet it's not without it's complications. 'Mum, what's a lever?' she asked. The first of … [Read more...]

Writing Process Blog Hop

I was recently asked to take part in a Writing Process Blog Hop by Andrea Stephenson over on Harvesting Hecate. I find Andrea's blog a therapeutic reading experience, calm and spiritual, full of rich, earthy descriptions and stunning photographs of … [Read more...]