I might be a little late to the thread here, but I am proud to say that I have joined the ‘Writers for Ukraine – One Million Word Challenge’. And because of that, I’ll keep this post short and to the point – I am asking for money.
If like me, you have spent the last several days going through all your wardrobes, bathroom cabinet, and kid’s clothes looking for donations to send across to Ukraine for the refugees who are in desperate need of aid due to the current invasion from Russia, then please just take a moment to read on. I know I want to do more, to help in any way I can, don’t you?
I have been overwhelmed and so thankful for the way in which my debut non-fiction book ‘The Write Way’ has been received. I have had some really lovely feed back and the books has been a special mile-stone for me, especially in a year following a global pandemic.
The results I have seen from ‘The Write Way’ has been so encouraging and has inspired me with my writing so much. I am so grateful for the support I have received and am now motivated more then ever to continue to produce content and create new and exciting novels and non-fiction guides.
In order to celebrate what I consider to be a successful first indie-publication, I am hosting a giveaway!
I am very proud of how the book has turned out, in particular, because the feedback I have already received about the book goes to prove that my initial objective in creating it has been achieved – it inspires!
As an author’s assistant is not only my job but my passion to help other writers on their way to creating and publishing their books.
Over the course of the year, my aim is to continue on from the initial release of The Write Way and to turn my blog and social media platforms into an informative and engaging content cache for aspiring writers and authors alike. As well as continuing the theme of writing prompts, I also hope to provide useful advice and helpful tools and resources for writers to use to increase their productivity and creativity.
It is my dearest wish to grow a community also, which is why I have started the #TheWriteWayToday.
We are now well into April and as many aspiring writers will know, partway through the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year.
Instagram and YouTube are being filled with daily progress reports as would-be authors revise and polish last year’s attempt at a novel in a month or even more ambitiously – attempt a whole new one – and I am wholly envious of these people.
So why, you may ask, am I not partaking in this creative adventure with them?
We all have those times when we want to write but for some reason just can’t. Whether it’s from sheer exhaustion at the end of the day, some form of writer’s block or you simply have too many distractions preventing you from getting words down on the page; it can be a very frustrating situation to be in.
Especially when working towards a deadline.
A deadline can be self-assigned, such as when working towards a personal goal, aka writing a novel. It can be submission-based, such as a competition, or it can be work-related, as with commissions, client-based projects, or (hurray) by a publisher.
Just over two weeks or so ago, I blatantly claimed that I was allowing myself some grace and not participating in National Novel Writing Month this year, as I already had too much on my plate.
Not only am I trying to revamp my blog, in the mist of launching a second, focusing on my new YouTube channel for writers and finishing off my novel whilst going through the beta reader feedback for it; but there’s a baby’s first birthday and Christmas to prepare for, clients eager for their work and a never ending though gratefully sought after reading list to tackle….so why on earth would I add in the extra stress of writing a novel in a month?
I think we can all agree it’s not a good idea to overload oneself and with NaNoWriMo being notorious for writer’s burnout, it’s probably best to just cheer other writers on from the side lines, right?
2020 seems to have been an un-darned, stinky sock made patchwork quilt of a year – stale, yet oddly nostalgic, making people long for a normality that already seems like distant childhood…
And for the publishing community this is as true as for anywhere else.
With more hours at home we have seen a rise in indie authors this year, for better or worse, and for the kindle and self-publishing market especially, this has meant a flood of new authors vying for our attention.
But what does this mean for traditional publishing or more importantly, what does this mean for you? As an upcoming prospective author, how are you going to stand out and make sure your light shines brighter then everyone else’s? After all, there used to be times and strategies that you could put into place…and yet 2020 seems to be just a free for all.
I love October. It’s one of my favorite times of year; when the trees are all starting to turn to rich, fiery reds and oranges, the weather can be brisk, yet chill enough to appreciate a hot cup of tea after a long walk, and above all, it holds the best of holidays at its end – Halloween.
But as a writer, I have another reason to love October, however other literary heads and I know it by another name…Preptober.
In recent years, the month preceding NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has become affectionately tagged as the preparation or planning month prior to that where hopefully aspiring authors attempt to produce a 50,000 word manuscript in just 30 days.
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting my own writing channel on YouTube for some time now and with the current situation bringing back-burning projects to the forefront, I have decided that there is no better time than the present.
I previously attempted to start my channel whilst I was pregnant, but with hideous morning sickness I didn’t even want to talk to people in the physical world, my on-screen presence blurred into a distant dream. I was too icky to be on camera.
But now I am only semi icky and so this past week I got the camera back out again and am pleased to announce my first (though actually, it would be my second…) video on YouTube, going live on Wednesday.Read More »
I recently wrote a post about my experiences with a teacher in High School who seemed hell-bent on giving me bad advice regarding my dream of being a writer. I must say I have been blown away by the private messages I have since received from my readers, many of which have also been from teachers, saying how much you all believe in my decision to power through the criticism and go for gold. Can I just say a huge thank you to everyone who has written to me, as your encouragement means more to me then I can ever put into words!
But this was not why I wrote the post. As heartfelt and wondrous as your comments are (and believe me, I am truly grateful!) my aim with The teacher that told me ‘no’! was to inspire others by my story. There seems to be a common stigma in our world that writers have to be linguistic and grammatical geniuses and always know exactly where every comma goes. And it simply isn’t true. As much as I have found negative responses to my dyslexia, I have also found that people are more likely to ask me how to spell something because I am a writer.Read More »