Writing about what hurts

Writing About What Hurts

Write hard and clear about what hurts. I recently came upon this quote by Ernest Hemingway, the master of pithy advice for writers, and I found it very thought-provoking. It’s a variation of the writing advice to ‘write what you know,’ which many authors have dismissed as being limiting. Some have changed it to ‘write what you […]

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Books into Movies - the best and the worst

Books into Movies – The Best and the Worst

With the 90th Academy Awards ceremony taking place a few days ago, movies are still a major topic of conversation. Going to the movies is one of my favourite pastimes. You can keep your Netflix – nothing beats seeing a movie on the big screen.  I love the escapism of a couple of hours of […]

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Girl telling stories to teddies

Five Reasons To Love Short Stories

After years in the literary wilderness, short stories are making a comeback. In the days when traditional publishing was the norm, publishers usually baulked at publishing short stories unless you were a famous author, as they perceived them as being difficult to sell. But in these days of digital publishing and indie authors, short stories are […]

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girl meditating at sunrise

How Mindfulness Can Enhance Your Life

One of my goals for this year is to incorporate more mindfulness into my everyday life.  Unless you’ve been held captive in a cave in darkest Africa by one-eyed multiple-tentacled aliens, you will have heard the term ‘mindfulness’ bandied about with reckless abandon, in the company of other words like meditation, karma, holistic and green […]

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What was your most un-Christmassy Christmas?

What Was Your Most Un-Christmassy Christmas?

Have you ever stopped to mull over all the Christmasses you’ve had, and thought about the happiest, the saddest, the weirdest, and – I’ve invented a new category – the most un-Christmassy Christmas? Which could also be the happiest, saddest or weirdest Christmas. Great Expectations It’s difficult for me to pinpoint my happiest Christmas, but near the […]

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Finding Your Tribe

Finding Your Tribe

What does finding your tribe mean? It’s one those buzz phrases beloved of bloggers, marketers and pop psychologists, and it means finding those people who have the same interests as you and who you feel comfortable around, in order to feel accepted and share meaningful experiences. It’s a concept as old as humanity itself and […]

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Where do authors get their ideas?

Where Do Authors Get Their Ideas?

If I had a dollar for every time someone had asked me, ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I’d be so rich I wouldn’t need to write any more books. (But I would, anyway). Ideas are everywhere To a non-writer, it must seem like a perfectly logical question, but for many writers it’s a […]

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novellas. woman reading book on train

Novellas – Why Readers And Authors Love Them

​What’s a novella? I hear you cry. While most authors are familiar with them, a lot of readers don’t know that what they are, even though they have probably read at least a few. The easiest explanation, simplistic though it is, is that a novella is longer than a short story, but shorter than a […]

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Why Crime Writers Are Such Nice People

Why Crime Writers Are Such Nice People

Have you ever wondered why crime writers are such nice people? The other day someone said to me, ‘You’re such a happy person. Why do you like writing crime?’ Although my novels fit more into the psychological suspense/noir genres, crime plays a significant role in them. My reply was along the lines of, ‘That’s why I’m so […]

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Confessions of a Grammar Nazi

Confessions Of A Grammar Nazi

I suffer from an affliction shared by many other writers. (Apart from caffeine addiction, procrastination and thinking about plots while driving and missing my exit). I am a grammar Nazi. And under that umbrella I also place misspelling and erroneous punctuation. Repeat after me please. They’re drinking their coffee over there. Wanted: man with good grammar I’m […]

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