Tag Archives: writers life

Writing what you know?

We are always told that we should write what we know. To an extent, that is true, but those who are writing murder mysteries, for example, are hardly likely to start poisoning/bludgeoning/shooting their nearest and dearest in the name of … Continue reading

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Guest author: Barbara G. Tarn – Five things I learned with writers groups

A little while ago, Darlene Foster was my guest, writing about the benefits of writers critique groups. Here, Barbara G. Tarn shares a different perspective… I loved my offline writers group, but writers groups are often useless. See for example … Continue reading

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Guest author: Ritu Bhathal – Keeping my WIP REAL

Hello everyone! Its me, Ritu from But I Smile Anyway – again! Goodness knows why, but the lovely Sue invited me over again to ask if I’d like to write a little guest post about my WIP. Recently, I have … Continue reading

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Guest author: Darlene Foster – Ten Truths About Critique Groups and Why Writers Need Them

Never underestimate the importance of a good critique group.  Without one, a writer may simply flounder in a sea of words and ideas. A critique group can make the difference between a mediocre story and an excellent piece of writing … Continue reading

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Guest author: Marcia Meara – Attitude really IS everything!

No! Yes. You can’t! I can. Why? Why not? It’s all wrong! It’s all right. You shouldn’t! I should. You won’t! I will. It could be bad! It could be good. It’s too late! There’s time. You’re too old! I’m … Continue reading

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Guest author – Katharine E. Smith

Eight years ago I was pregnant and working for an animal charity. I was unhappy. It hadn’t always been that way but my new manager and I didn’t see eye-to-eye. I knew the organisation had form for treating staff badly … Continue reading

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Be my guest?

Just a reminder… If you would like to feature your new book…or promote an old one… If you have a story to share or a tale to tell… If you have useful advice on blogging, writing, publishing… If you are … Continue reading

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Top ten posts of 2016 – last batch

The last batch of the top ten articles. Even if it does include the one with the apparently  misleading title that, worryingly, shows up way too many searches… Notes from a small dog XXX Ani airs her dignity and discusses the … Continue reading

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Indie Success –10 things that really matter

Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone There are a lot of articles and reports out there giving various and often conflicting figures about the Indie book market. All seem to agree, however, that the percentage of Indie writers and … Continue reading

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Is blogging worth it? 10 reasons why…

One from the vaults: ‘Build an author platform’, we are told. As an author platform, is a blog economically viable? If everyone put a penny in a virtual pot, one for each article they had read in August on Daily … Continue reading

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