I just wanted to announce that I’m officially a member of the Review Team for onlinebookclub.org.

I’ve just had my first book review published and I’m very proud of it, so I’d love it if you guys could head on over and give it a read (I’ll post an excerpt along with a link to the review under The Bookshelf).

Have a good day everyone!


‘To Be?’ That is NOT the question…

There is usually a lot of discussion on writers’ forums about the use of the verb ‘To Be’. So often people say, “Don’t use ‘was’.” Why not? Because it’s weak. Well, it’s only a weak verb if used inappropriately. Its function as a verb in the right place is invaluable. The verb ‘to be’ is […]


Talking To Myself

I need this motivation sometimes!

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I recently came across a quote by the late Terry Pratchett that has really given me perspective for writing:


Although I have always been in the “don’t rewrite anything until you finish!” camp, this really gave me some perspective on why this method is helpful (beyond ‘so you actually get through the whole story’).

I love this idea of telling myself the story.

Lately, I have been motivating myself by trying to get excited about my novel, and not just the overall concept or individual characters, but individual moments. I’m currently writing a scene where Hart tracks down a printer who has been spreading heresy, and before I write and as I write, I try to keep in mind the exciting things about the scene:

A new character, Master Hairan, to meet and discover, who has a past before this moment that effects his decisions and how others react…

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Use your senses in your writing

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How to Find that Elusive Idea


I’m sat at my desk, laptop on, with word open, ready to start writing. And a blank page is staring at me.  Cue Panic. Where do I start?!

I’ve been restlessly waiting for that amazing story idea to just walk into my mind, along with fully formed characters to go with it, like Harry Potter did to J K Rowling on a train many moons ago. But I’ve come to the disappointing conclusion that I just don’t have her imagination. Predictable, I know, but still a gutting realisation. So in order to move my own writing forward, I’ve experimented with how to find my first idea when my muse has disappeared.  (Though I still live in hope that a perfectly formulated idea will form…) But in the meantime, here is the method that I found to work best for me.

  1. Turning Reality into Fiction

Choose something ordinary from today, and…

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Writings and Ramblings

I wanted to have a place where I could showcase all of my work and starting a blog seemed like the best option! As such, this blog will contain all of my writings and ramblings from now on and some from the past few years.


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