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The Trouble With Second Novels

This afternoon while it was 38ºC outside, I sat at my desk and opened my current manuscript. It had been a while since I’d written and, although I've missed creating sentences, I'd needed the break. I've been working on my second novel for most of this year. So far,...

Messages From Readers

I'm not sure if readers are aware of how much authors love hearing from them—it really does make our day! It's always a thrill to hear from people who've enjoyed reading your book, and it's even more special when they share their own stories and memories prompted...


I've tried to avoid doing this, hoping that by ignoring my mother's attempts to intimidate and harass, she would stop, but it's reached the point where I feel I must warn people about her. I also want to stand up for myself:  Nothing I've written about my mother...

Social Media For Writers

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to send me your questions about social media. I received quite a few, too many to answer all in one post, so I chose the questions that seemed to have the broadest appeal. As you'll see, my answers are lengthy as I've tried to write...

Novel #2: An Update.

Alternatively titled: How a Pantser Became a Plotter*   I'm being a bit naughty today and playing hookey from my work-in-progress. I've worked pretty solidly on it for three weeks, and I'm a bit tired, so I've decided to write other things instead today. Which is...

How I Got An Agent

A few weeks ago, Lauren Keegan invited me to be part of her monthly blog series, How I Got An Agent. You might remember Lauren from this amazingly honest and moving post she wrote for Writers in the Attic last year. She wrote about rejection,...

Publication: The First Four Weeks

Now that school has returned, I'm looking forward to getting back into some semblance of routine. It's been utter chaos in the attic since my book was released: I haven't known which day of the week it is, I've forgotten to eat, I don't know what's in the fridge or...

How to Write a Book Part #5: Seeking Feedback

It’s no news to any writer that seeking feedback on your work is one of the hardest things about this writing business. Yet, if we want to be published, at some stage we must put our words, stories and characters out there to be scrutinised by others. It’s as...

How to Write a Book #4: Learning the Craft

In a previous post for this series, I wrote about how hard it was to wear ‘L’ plates again after deciding to become a writer in my early forties. Today, I’m going to talk about how I actually learnt the craft of writing. At the time I started writing,...

How To Write a Book #2: Take Your Writing Seriously

Continuing with my series on 'How to Write a Book', this week I thought I’d write on another aspect I found particularly difficult to put into practice: Taking my writing seriously.  I'm never comfortable giving advice—I prefer to write about my experiences in...





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