3 ways to increase your writing output

. I’m an impatient person. There. I said it. But, being impatient, and being a writer has its moments. The writing and publishing game aren’t the best career paths for an impatient person. Not only does writing a book take time, but if heading down the traditional publishing route, you’d better be prepared for time … Read more

Q&A with Author Louise Allan

  Today I welcome to the blog, Author Louise Allan. Louise’s highly anticipated debut novel, The Sisters’ Song, was released earlier this month, to outstanding reviews (including my own!) I have been following Louise’s journey to publication for a while now, and she also graciously joined me here on the blog last year as part … Read more

The Writing Process: Editing vs Rewriting

. One of the things I enjoy about writing, is the continual learning curve. Every time I write, every time I undertake the editing process, I’m learning something new. Both about the actual process, and my own process. Now, I’m by no means an expert but having written three manuscripts and dredging through the editing … Read more

How to research locations in your novel

. These past couple of weeks, while I continue the waiting process, I’ve thrown myself back into editing another manuscript. This is the manuscript I began in NaNoWriMo 2012, and I finally finished the first draft in August 2013. I’ve tinkered with it a few times since then, and now I’m up knee-deep in draft … Read more

Improving as a writer

. As budding writers, we don’t often take the time to acknowledge that we are improving as a writer. But we should. Since submitting my first finished manuscript to publishers and playing the waiting game, I’ve been editing another manuscript I’ve had sitting in the bottom drawer (literally!) This was the first full novel I … Read more

My Top Ten Posts for 2017

. It’s time again for my annual list of top blog posts of the year. This year, my blogging focus turned from a mix of introspective posts and writing posts, to a more dedicated focus on writing. I’m now officially a writing blogger. (cue applause). The evolution was organic, and it feels right. And when … Read more

Story ideas: The big scary ones

. Story ideas are funny things. Some say they have an abundance of ideas. Others have ideas swirling around their head but they take a while to fully form into something that can be articulated. And then there are others for whom ideas are few and far between. I have a notebook dedicated to story … Read more