Creating a Story Bible

storage-1209059__180Writing stories of whatever length, can mean gathering a lot of information. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m organised, then spend hours looking for that one snippet of research, or a name I thought would fit, or a picture of a setting. And the longer it takes Continue reading

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New Release: The Morning Gift

First one of the Daisy Plan line!

First one of the Daisy Plan line!

At the beginning of the year I set myself some challenging goals, the main one was my Daisy Chain Publication Plan. I plan to edit and publish five books during this year. The Morning Gift is the first of those five dusty manuscripts Continue reading

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PHB Syndrome and How to Manage it

PHBNo, no it’s not catching. Honest. But I’m willing to bet a cup of coffee that a lot of us are experiencing this at the moment. Sweaty palms? A tendency to look at the pictures taken for the last month with a heavy sigh? Daily yearnings for an ice cream cone in the afternoon? Maybe a G&T before 6pm? A dread of getting on the scales?

‘Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.’ Maya Angelou

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My Ten Favourite Quotes on Writing and Life

Just Remember...

Just Remember…

As the temperatures here in Italy (and I believe in France and Spain) have been nudging forty for the past three or four weeks, the word on the street is that this month will be the hottest July for seventy years. My brain is a puddle by my feet and so I thought I’d take the easy option and share my top ten favourite quotes about writing and life in general. Continue reading

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My Top Three Passions (After Writing)

One of my other Passions in Life

One of my other Passions in Life

All writers have a life outside of their writing. Although it’s generally considered that we writerly folk are more introvert (definitely in my case) we do have other things going on in our life-like all people-we need stimulation from a wide range of things. So what gives me pleasure, other than writing? Continue reading

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Works in Progress: Health Check June

Monthly Health CheckThe month of June has been a sad one as two dear writing friends over at Writers Abroad sadly passed away within days of one another. So it’s been a tough time for my writing. But I know they’ll be sat somewhere telling me to pick up my pen and Continue reading

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Getting Organised

Easier Said Than Done?

Easier Said Than Done?

How do you organise your notes, scribbles, thoughts and things ‘to be read later?’ If like me you regularly end up with a stash of unread emails and bookmarks of useful articles, never to be found again, or you spend an entire afternoon searching for an image or a snippet of information that is critical to the scene your’re writing, then read on. Continue reading

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Works In Progress: Health Check May

Monthly Health CheckWell, May was a month of two bits (and maybe a little more!). Whilst Simon was away in the second week of May I wore myself out, spring cleaning and writing lots and lots. Nine days was a long time on my own and I made sure I filled every waking moment with something to do! I couldn’t be happier that he is back home despite my production level dipping considerably!

So what have I achieved this month? Lets see… Continue reading

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Generating Ideas

Generating Ideas

Generating Ideas

In a previous post I wrote about the Call For Submissions for the Writers Abroad 5th Anthology. Our theme for this year is light as 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light based technologies. The good thing is that this theme is open to lots of interpretation and it could be anything. So where do you start looking for ideas? Continue reading

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Meet My Character: Xanthe

Meet My Character

Meet My Character

Xanthe is the name of my main character in my current Work in Progress. I first wrote Wolf Moon during NaNoWriMo in 2011 or was it 2012. Anyway, I don’t remember but I’ve been in this fantasy world for a long time. It started some time before that, as part of a writing prompt. Over at Writers Abroad,my on line writing group, we have a weekly activity called ‘Monday Muse’ where several prompts are posted and we allow ourselves 20 minutes or 500 words to free write. It’s a good habit to promote and it was during one of my muses, that Xanthe was born. Continue reading

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