Category Archives for The Writing Life

memoir or autobiography

Memoir Or Autobiography – What’s The Difference?

Much as I love reading fiction, I also enjoy a well-written memoir or autobiography.  Many people think those terms are interchangeable, but there is a clear difference.   Memoir A memoir is written about a specific time or event in the author’s life, which can span a few weeks to many years. For example: living in a […]

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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 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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Health risks of being a writer

The Health Risks Of Being A Writer

Danger – writer at work Don’t let anyone tell you that writing isn’t a dangerous occupation. Just last week I came perilously close to stapling my manuscript to my thumb, and yesterday I dropped my dictionary on my foot. (It’s a large dictionary and it was from a considerable height). The worst afflictions are the ones that […]

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My mother's cookbook - recipes for nostalgia

My Mother’s Cookbook – Recipes For Nostalgia

One of the things I love about historical fiction is being transported into another time and place. As well as vicariously living a life vastly different from my own, I also enhance my knowledge of historical people and events. It’s one of the reasons I love flipping through my mother’s recipe book. She bought it soon […]

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Five top benefits of being a mature age author

Five Top Benefits Of Being A Mature Age Author

​With Queen Elizabeth turning 90 recently and still looking pretty spry, it got me thinking that one of the secrets to healthy aging has to be a sense of purpose, a reason to get up in the mornings. In the case of the Queen, she has commitments – speeches to make, buildings to open, medals […]

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Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Occupation: other Now that I’m a full-time author I can legitimately write it on official forms that ask me for my occupation – although for those that give you a category to select, author is never there. Not even writer or anything writing-related. So I have to choose ‘other’ or ‘self-employed’, which are vague and bland […]

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Steinbeck stuck on the title page

Book Titles – What’s In a Name?

Steinbeck’s pain is my pain I love that cartoon, not only because it makes me laugh, but because I can feel Steinbeck’s pain. It’s exactly what I’ve been going through for the last few months as I was writing my novella – I could not for the life of me come up with a title for […]

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Too Much On Your Plate? Is this your to-do list?

Too Much On Your Plate? Here’s The Solution.

Work, exercise, family, study, community or voluntary work, hobbies, socialising – how do you fit it all in?  Do you find yourself exhausted by the end of the week, berating yourself for all the things you didn’t have time to do?  Overwhelmed when you look at your to-do list?  Not achieving the goals you’ve set […]

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From Would-Be To Published Author - The Long And Winding Road

From Would-Be To Published Author – The Long And Winding Road

Every author’s journey is different. Some start with all guns blazing and have half a dozen novels under their belt by the time they’re 30. Others take up different careers, raise families and begin writing later in life when they have more time and freedom. For some, it’s a desire they’ve had buried deep inside […]

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