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!
This opinion might not be very popular at first, but hear me out here…
We are often told that social media scrolling is the ultimate time suck and whilst this is a valid point, our daily quiet time with Facebook or Instagram ultimately doesn’t have to be “a waste of time.”
Social media opens up a range of possibilities for advertising and reaching new customers or fans via an online platform of viable and visual information. But just as much as it is a way of reaching out to new people and engaging with followers of your brand it is also an opportunity to educate oneself; learn, gain new insights and ideas, and develop on trending or current topics.
That’s right, only by ‘being on social media’ (and by that I don’t just mean having an account you post to once a week) but by actually scrolling, reading, and engaging with like-minded individuals, will you actually get the most out of what these platforms have to offer us.
I am in love with motivational quotes and like many people, especially love scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram on a Monday morning before starting work, to get my enthusiasm up for the week ahead.
In particular, I am a big fan of inspirational quotes on the topic of writing – who would have thought, right? However, dreams are also a theme I like to revisit regularly, as for me, writing is my dream and I think we all need that little reminder every now and then that no matter what life throws at us, we can keep moving forward towards our goals.
With this in mind, today’s post is going to be a short and sweet share of some of my favorite inspirational quotes. I hope you find them just as inspiring as I do!
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.
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.
In my 2018 post entitled Just Start – Waking up for Success! I spoke about how I was attempting to change my daily routine by waking up earlier and ensuring I spent the time on those things most important to me (i.e. novel writing, dearest dreams of the heart, etc.) prior to the demands of the day sweeping what precious little time I had away via the petitions of others people’s whims, i.e. the daily job.
It’s currently 5:08 am as I type this draft and I cannot help but reflect that a lot has changed since I wrote that post. Not only have we moved, but I’ve since packed in working the 9-5 with writing on the side and have taken my freelancing business full time; offering services such as article writing, beta reading, copy editing, and of course my pièce de résistance, being an authors assistant. My health and well being have vastly improved and with every new day, I am a few steps closer to achieving my goal of becoming a published author (I’m not counting ghost-writing and pen names).Read More »
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 »