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Flashback to Spring 2009... Apple has just released its new iPod Shuffle, Lady Gaga's Poker Face is dominating the radio, The Twilight saga is breaking Box Office records, and my home is ringing with the sounds of The Night Garden...(Oopsy Daisy! Iggle...read more
How my new lovely new keyboard case has transformed my writing life and how I use my iPad.read more
If you have an iPad or tablet, I believe you have the perfect tool to help you write your book.read more
Inspired by the saying: teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, I wondered what if I could teach writers a series of self coaching skills…?read more
Welcome to a new Subscriber Showcase - where I share what your creative peers are up to in the world. And this next showcase features a creative powerhouse from Ireland who is an inspiring whirl of productivity, creativity and force-to-be-reckoned-with. Allow me to...read more
...despite lots of 'good reasons' why not. I’ve just signed up to participate in the fun and madness that is NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month) ...Even though I’m not a novelist. ...Even though the coming weeks could be the busiest and most intense of my...read more
Writer's Toolkit #1: MindMap App for iPad I love this app. I use it daily. It's perfect for brainstorming / braindumping as it has no boundaries. If you get carried away in one direction, you can just keep going. (Unlike on paper where you are limited by the page...read more
A few of my favourite creativity coaching techniques – especially for my fellow bloggers.read more
Like most great challenges, the secret to a successful NaNoWriMo is in the preparation. A little forward planning and consideration can make an amazing difference to your results and your experience. So here are some suggestions for a few lifestyle tweaks and...read more
When writing a book, like most creative projects, the early drafts look nothing like the finished product. A manuscript - double-spaced on A4 paper - is a totally different reading experience to a printed book. Books don't start out looking like books. • • • My first...read more
When I launched my ebook From Wannabe to Writer earlier this year, I held a Facebook Q&A event and I thought it would be helpful to compile the answers from that, as well as answers to reader questions I've received over the last few months. Hopefully it will shed...read more
Out now: My rollercoaster ride to becoming a writer. The highs. The lows. The short-cuts. If you've ever wanted to write a book.... If you'd like to shortcut your learning curve.... If you want to truly believe that it's possible to go from wannabe to successful...read more
As part of my How To Write A Book series, I thought it would be helpful to share the story of how I wrote my first book, Housework Blues. So here's The Story of a Book - just one of the many ways books can evolve. • • • The Story of Housework Blues (Extract from...read more
…without worrying about getting published. (And why that's helpful.) What's the main reason for not writing that book you want to write? Is it: A) Lack. (Lack of time. Lack of skill. Lack of money.) B) Fear. (Fear that it won't be any good. Fear that it won't get...read more
...without sitting down to write a book. (And why that's helpful.) When I sat down to write my first book, I actually thought I was writing a small ebook. After a while though, I realised that the material was splitting itself up into natural sections, falling into...read more
If you’re waiting for that nudge to convince you it’s worth getting your words out into the world, here are a few of the opportunities that have come my way as a result of my books/blogs: • Opinion pieces for national newspapers • Consulting on a TV show • Offers...read more
It’s not easy to kill your darlings! Here’s how (and why) to rescue your darlings instead. (And still be a great writer…)read more