17th February 2018


One Easy Way to Make Your Author Website More Accessible


Writers are bombarded with helpful hints for websites and advertising campaigns we hope will make us stand out and draw more traffic to our products.

11th February 2018


Why I Write Horror


Why am I drawn to the odd, strange, twisted and terrifying? Why did I laugh when my friend freaked out about the baby crawling across the ceiling during the withdrawal scene in Trainspotting? Not that Trainspotting is a horror movie, although it could be. Why do the weird jerky movements of the girl in The Ring fascinate me and make others shiver? Why do I spend more time wondering about how many ways a slasher can hack someone up rather than the victim get away?

10th February 2018


Book Review – Darkling, K. M. Rice


Most people who know me already know I read with an editor’s eye. I can’t help it since I spend a lot of time writing and editing business copy for my day job. I don’t believe in giving reviews simply saying: This was brilliant!  or It was terrible! That helps no-one. When I review a work of fiction, I will point out good things, and I will point out bad things. If I point out bad things, I will say why they caused a problem for me and offer a possible solution.


4th February 2018


The Perils of Dictation


This is not what I expected…

There are many Indie authors who advocate for the powers of dictation. It markedly increases daily word count and carrying a small dictaphone about with you means you can record thoughts, ideas and pieces of your first draft at any time with the press of a button. I thought I would give it a go, and if I liked it, perhaps invest in Dragon software. I bought a cheap 8gb thing at the basic end of the spectrum, not wanting to spend hundreds when tens would do for a test.


3rd February 2018


Another Look at Canva


Yes, I have been known to change my mind, on occasion…

I’ve been thinking recently about advertising since I am getting ready to publish my short horror collection. I’ve been reviewing ways and means, and despite what some people say I’ve decided to get some adverts ready for Facebook for the release in March.


1st February 2018


Thoughts on FATE and the Keys to Success


…or failure

According to Todd Henry, author of Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice and The Accidental Creative – How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, the four keys to success or failure are spelled out in the acrostic device FATE (Focus, Assets, Time, Energy). This is excellent advice for Indie authors, and it makes sense to focus on your work, create products (assets), spend your time wisely, and exert your energies toward your primary goal. It sounds very business-like, but it didn’t sit quite right with my INTJ personality. While I can appreciate the traditional description of FATE, and I actually have a post-it with these words above my monitor, I couldn’t help but peek a little bit outside the box. When I think of FATE, I also think of the following things.


30th January 2018


How Drawing Helps me Write


Create, produce, problem solve…

I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous blog posts that I enjoy graphic design and use it during the development of my writing. It doesn’t just help illustrate the ideas I have in my head for others to enjoy, it has a very practical use. When I am struggling with a section of writing and need a time out to think, I use drawing as one way to clear my mind. I like it because it makes me feel I am continuing to be productive and creating something I can use to promote my brand while I am solving writing problems.


28th January 2018


Creative Plans for 2018


We’re nearly a twelfth of the way through 2018, already. It’s taken me just over a year to get my website up and running to a point where it’s more maintenance than creation. I’m nearly ready to put out my first full publication. This year is going to be busy for me as a writer and entrepreneur. The easiest way to get through it will be to set clear intentions as you would with any business, and we all know indie writing is a business.


28th January 2018


3 Ways to Boost Creativity Using Only Your Mind.


Some people seek inspiration through physical activity, going for a walk, visiting a place they have never been before, or camping out in a cemetery. But with your mind, you can have the whole universe as your plaything. Here are three ways you can use the immense power of your mind to help fill your creative well.


26th January 2018


10 Things I Learned Designing A Book Cover.


I like graphic design. I like developing a concept and making it come to life. It doesn’t matter what it is, a logo, a business card, a website, a training presentation…a book cover. I am also a terrible artist.


11th December 2017


I am my Grandmother.


I woke up this morning and was struck by the visceral thought that I had become my maternal Grandmother. Not only did we share rheumatoid arthritis as a hobby, but I had done something the night before that could have come straight out of her rule book. To put this in context, we have to go back a few years…


1st December 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #7.


This is the final experiment. It has been an interesting experience. I can’t say I’ve come up with any ideas for stories or novellas through doing it, but it was rather cathartic. I think it was more of a journal-like purge than brainstorming of ideas.


1st December 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #6.


I was feeling the immensity of the universe and the insignificance of our individual lives when I wrote this. We are strange creatures with the ability to contemplate our own purpose, or lack thereof.


24th November 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #5.


I tried something different with this one and decided to include speech.  The first word of dialogue just popped into my head and I ran with it. It is a little disturbing and I am not entirely sure what happened in the end, but my mind is coming up with all sorts of horrifying possibilities.


24th November 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #4.


I’m a bit late with this one, I got distracted by RL and had to attend to some day job issues. No matter how much you like writing, never forget you most likely have responsibilities that should not be shirked or pushed down the priorities ladder.


22nd November 2017


Book Review: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi.


22nd November 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #3.


I set myself an intention using one word after I had cleared my mind. Does that mean I am cheating? Today it was quite broad, I just thought story, and wondered what would come out.


21st November 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #2.


Apparently I was feeling a little morbid today, which is hardly surprising since it is my default setting.


20th November 2017


Experiments in Free Writing #1.


I have decided to start a series of free writing exercises, just to see what comes out of my head. I have allowed myself one side of a page in an 8x5 inch Moleskine notebook. I will write until I run out of paper. I will undertake this experiment once a day for a week.


16th November 2017


The Disabled Writer - Positive Things to Help with Writer's Block.


Writers hear it all the time, if you are stuck writing or in a brain fog, get up, go for a run, go to the gym, change your environment, or relax in a hot bath. But what if you can’t?


13th November 2017


A Brief Look at Descriptive Writing - Engage!


Your fingers are flying over the keyboard, the words in your head are peppering, rapid fire onto a blank, electronic sheet of white…then you stop...

12th November 2017


The Trunk: Feedback, Character Development and Plot with Artist Peter Richards - Transcript and Analysis.



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