Write every day? Creating an effective writing routine

An interesting article in the Guardian recently made me think about that advice you hear all the time – to be a successful writer, you should write every day. I’ve never found that works for me.   I’ve done Nanowrimo a few times; this is where you try to write a...

Five best ‘how to write’ books

I do love books about writing. I’ve never picked one up and not found something that speaks to me. Maybe I’m just a terribly slow learner, and  information falls out of my brain all the time which I have to keep stuffing it back in. But never mind my...

Nanowrimo: November Novel Writing in a Month

November is over. For those who write, this means the end of another Nanowrimo.  A chance to splurge out a first draft of a novel in thirty days. I haven’t participated in Nanowrimo every year, but I always find it an interesting experience. Twice I  tried...

How to hook an agent

I have just signed with an agent, and what I have to say about the process might contradict other advice out there, but I think it’s worth considering. Those who did not know me BC (before children) might find it surprising to know that I used to sell life...

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