Category Archives for The Writing Life

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. Author At Work

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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DON’T MURDER YOUR DARLINGS – PUBLISH THEM

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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WHEN DO YOU TAKE THE LEAP TO FULL-TIME WRITING?

  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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