Want to publish that novel? Moi aussi, allons-y!

I have a long history of starting stories, and never really finishing them. I started writing my first ‘proper’ book when I was 18. It was called Evie and featured a university-aged girl who wakes up five years in the future – a future in which all her dreams have come true. Turns out she has amnesia – or does she really? I’m not going … Continue reading Want to publish that novel? Moi aussi, allons-y!

How did I grow my blog?

Wine, lots of wine. Preferably a light-bodied, unoaked Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ. OK, but how did I really grow my blog? A few people have been asking me to answer this question via email and social media ever since I blogged about reaching 5,000 followers. I’d like to reassure you that while that number looks impressive, there is no need to get jealous. My blog doesn’t actually … Continue reading How did I grow my blog?

Nine ways to cope with rejection

Rejection from agents and publishers that is, not from that guy you’ve had a crush on for years. Although, while we’re on that topic, if you’re looking for advice on how to cope with unrequited love, public humiliations and silent stalemates, I’m your girl! But let’s put all that aside, because today, it’s all about the query. That query. The one you sent three months ago. You’ve just … Continue reading Nine ways to cope with rejection

The nine stages of trying to write poetry

If you’re anything like me, you’ll understand deeply that the poetry struggle is real. It’s a galactic behemoth, and we but teeny, tiny atoms trying to navigate its interstellar medium: 1. You’ve read a beautiful poem that sings to your soul in such a way that you feel inspired to write your own. It was only three lines long, it can’t be that hard, can it? … Continue reading The nine stages of trying to write poetry

The nine stages of FINALLY finishing your story

Now that the end of Nanowrimo is coming up, I’m sure there will be plenty of writers who will be jumping up and down with joy when they reach that elusive 50k goal. Some may even finish their novels. And if you’re one of them? Well, cheers to you. I’m also hoping there are a few others out there like me who started Nanowrimo, quickly … Continue reading The nine stages of FINALLY finishing your story

The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

If you’re a writer, undomesticated equines probably can’t stop you from writing wherever and whenever the tantalising desire strikes. It is a magnetic force that consumes you for a few minutes to a few days at a time, and it can strike randomly and without prejudice. But, unfortunately… there is one thing that will try to stop you. It’s called your day job (if you’re a poor sod … Continue reading The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

Thank you NaNoWriMo, for helping me overcome my Fear

I used to pay out anyone who participated in NaNoWriMo, thinking that anyone who took part wasn’t a real writer. Why the hell would you wait until November to write a novel? Why not write one now, whether that ‘now’ is May or August? I was someone who used to write every day, and scoffed at anyone who thought joining a mass-writing event was cool. Until the … Continue reading Thank you NaNoWriMo, for helping me overcome my Fear