Cardboard Protagonists – how we view the world is it affecting my writing

I’m often assured by others that I am not the only one that has this problem but in my first draft I always find that  my Protagonist hasn’t become the integral part of the storyline that they should be. Instead the story shifts and moves around them, I struggle to effectively link them emotionally to […]

Some thoughts on #WorldMentalHealthDay

Given that today is World Mental Health Day I thought that I would take the opportunity to offer some of my thoughts about how writing can help to deal with mental health issues. I’m a big supporter of MIND and Time to Change, in fact I’m due to be taking part in this years Great South […]

Reading or Writing – How much should we be reading as writers?

I seem to be running back over the theme of lack of time in my posts at present. Although things are finally starting to settle and I’m managing my time better this weeks post is going to touch on the same theme again. Again and again I have been told that if I am going […]

Multitasking – The Pros and Cons of working on multiple manuscripts

So, I currently have two manuscripts on the go. One is a complete manuscript which I am working hard on rewriting and editing, the other is the second half of the manuscript that I began as part of NaNoWriMo in November. Since then I’ve been trying to keep things moving forward on both of them. I’m […]

Writing Courses – Time well spent or dangerous time suck?

For me the question of whether to sign up for further writing courses has always been a sticky one. Should I be devoting the time to doing exercises for a new course or should I be working on my manuscript and trying to get closer to having something that is in a state which I […]

Being more productive

I used to focus on making myself sit down and write for a given number of hours every week. At the end of the week I would feel proud of myself that I had managed to spend the amount of time that I have promised myself sitting at my computer.  But week after week I […]

Getting it Wrong – The dreaded rewrite

Most of us when setting out to write our first novel are well aware that what we are going to produce will not be the final version; some editing is going to be required along the way. But do we set out knowing just how much work that is going to involve? I don’t think […]