Category Archives for The Writing Life

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Why Writers Should Keep a Journal – And Why I Don’t

  One of the things on my daily to-do list, along with yoga, meditation and becoming independently wealthy, is writing in my journal. Daily journalling is extolled by many famous writers, as in this post on PolicyMic – 6 Brilliant Writers on the Importance of Keeping a Journal. Creative writing teachers also recommend it, as […]

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Do The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

  Last week I confronted one of my lifelong fears – public speaking. I did my first author talk  at my local library. If anyone had told me even a year ago that I would be speaking in front of 40 people I would have quaked at the knees and squawked, ‘No way!’ The talk […]

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Writer V Author – What’s The Difference?

What’s the difference between a writer and an author?  According to the dictionary, a writer is ‘one who expresses ideas in writing’ or ‘one engaged in literary work.’ An author is ‘a person who writes a novel, poem, essay etc, the composer of a literary work.’ On the surface there doesn’t seem to be much […]

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Like many writers I have a couple of bottom drawer manuscripts – my first attempts at novel writing destined to fade into dusty obscurity.  I’ve sent them to dozens of publishers and agents, and although I received some positive comments, none liked them enough to publish them. For a while I toyed with the idea […]

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  Making the decision to be a full-time writer is a tough one – and scary. A myriad questions run through your mind.  Will I be able to earn enough money to pay the bills?  What happens if the work dries up?  How will I find well-paying clients?  Will I be able to promote myself […]

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