Oh, you only work part-time…

Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about what makes someone a writer. Is it their unwavering need to tell a story? Their love for the written word? Maybe it is something that they teach themselves, or is it installed in our DNA? I don’t know. Can you learn to be a writer or is it something that you have no choice or control over? Some people I speak to tell me that they had no choice, that the constant burning need and desire to write down their stories is far stronger than anything else they experience. That they were born to do it and have no control over it. Others I speak to say they have learnt and honed their craft over many, many years. Yes it is still a burning desire, but they have trained and studied to be a writer. Will these two types of people...

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Book pet hates

Recently, I began thinking about the things that annoy me when reading a book. Sometimes you can be reading a really good book, but the author might keep doing just one little thing that keeps niggling at you. Maybe it’s a phrase. Maybe it’s the way they write their sentences. Or maybe it is the constant typo that keeps cropping up. We all have them. Pet hates. Those things that really frustrate us when reading and sometimes even force us to close the book and stop reading altogether. For me, it is things like short jerky sentences, really long chapters and sloppy dialogue. And then when you think about the actual content of the story, I cant stand anything too obvious, or things that drag out much longer than they need to. I took myself off to...

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Falling Apart falls over …

It’s always nice to occasionally have a fun, silly blog post for no reason other than to have a giggle. Well, there is a little promotion in this one but I could not pass up the opportunity to document the spontaneous, and quite frankly bonkers book launch we all held for Jane Lovering’s latest novel. This last weekend, I attended my first agency day. I signed with Sarah Taylor of the Kate Nash Literary Agency back in January of this year and on Saturday 7th June, they held their annual agency day. I absolutely loved meeting the other authors at the agency – some I already knew, some I met for the first time. All of them absolutely wonderful! After a day of talking about everything writing related, we hit the town. Cocktails, dinner and dancing!...

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