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Show. Don’t Tell.

Every writer has heard at some stage the phrase “show don’t tell”. At first I was a little puzzled by what exactly this meant. As a former journalist I was used to writing straight news stories where you needed to ‘tell’ without your own embellishments or clues. Over time though, I’ve found it a little easier. Here are some great …

Farts. Bottoms. Wee. Poo. Underpants. Books for Little Boys

Image source: http://awwccordion.com/ (memory books) Farts. Bottoms. Wee. Poo. Underpants. Just why are little boys obsessed with toilet humour? I typed this question into google hoping to find some research explaining this phenomenon and all I could find was forum after forum of mother’s asking the exact same questions and how do deal with it?To be honest Master Five’s obsession isn’t something …

My top 15 excuses for not finishing my novel yet

This week a friend of mine told me his novel will be finished by the end of the year. He has a full-time job and three kids, but he has been super disciplined and through sheer determination and hard work…he will have finished. I’m really proud of him but…it just reminded me how terribly far I have to go. I …

My Imaginary Screenplay Playlist

When I write, I always try to visualise each scene and character as if they were in a film. It’s incredibly important for me to be able to ‘see’ it as if it was really happening. It may also reveal my secret ambition; that my books will be so damn good, they’ll become movies. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big …

Why I’m heading down the rabbit hole

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?’ So she was …

Stop the rot! Why we need to use ‘real’ words

I have an important message for you. As a leader in my field, and as part of my ongoing commitment to best practice, innovation and sustainability, I constantly strive to generate evocative statements that inspire and empower my stakeholders to achieve and exceed their expectations and bring their overarching vision, mission, goals and objectives into critical alignment, while ensuring operational …

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A picture tells 100,000 words

When your’e writing fantasy it often involves creating worlds that don’t actually exist. I find that it’s critical to find pictures that represent or inspire the kind of places in my imagination. Here are just a few images that tell part of my 100,000 word novel. If you want to see more images like this follow my Pinterest board. Woman …

The Writer’s ‘Real Job’ Dilemma

This is bad! I mean really bad. My day job – you know the one that almost pays the bills – is so ridiculously busy at the moment that not only haven’t I got time to do any writing, I don’t have time to write a proper blog post either. I wonder at what point you should bite the bullet …

Teachers are awesome (well at least the awesome ones)

There was a time when I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve ‘kind of’ done it a few times. I taught English in Japan, I have worked as a Business Trainer in tertiary education but I have to be honest I know it’s not the same as being a teacher. I have to say it, teachers are awesome. Well the …

The olden days – what’s the appeal?

Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with stories set in historical periods. The historical period didn’t really matter – as long as it was a different time and place. My husband would say: “Is that another ‘Olden Days’ story your reading/show your watching?”. The main attraction for me I think was the (perceived) romanticism or days gone …