How to read – actively

Of course, if you’re not trying to be a writer, the best way to read is probably, well, just to read, without being consciously aware of tenses, point of view, etc. However, if you are looking for trends, tendencies in genre, and the like, then active reading is definitely worth a go.

How to find the enthusiasm to write after your squillienth rejection

Agents and publishers receive thousands of submissions every year. They’re often reluctant to say how many, but on one agents website I was reading last week, it said the figure was in the region of 2,000 a year. The same agent said they took on around two new authors a year.

Top 5 reasons you need to write – right now!

Having met a lot of writers, I know that many people find it difficult motivating themselves to sit down and put words on a page.  If you’re finding it hard to get going with that book, here are 5 good reasons to crack on: What else are you going to do?  Watch TV?  Yes, youContinue reading “Top 5 reasons you need to write – right now!”

3 ways to improve your writing

I’ve taken a break from writing recently.  I felt I wasn’t really getting anywhere and needed to hone my skills by doing something different, rather than ploughing on relentless. Time will tell whether this detour has helped my writing, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the experience. Here’s what I’ve been doing: 1. Judging ContestsContinue reading “3 ways to improve your writing”

Tips from successful writers

I firmly believe that if you work hard enough to achieve something it will happen – even if it costs you blood, sweat and tears in the process.  Despite this belief, from time to time I need an injection of inspiration from people who’ve been there, done it and got the T shirt (or theContinue reading “Tips from successful writers”

Courses for Aspiring Writers

If you’re an aspiring writer I can’t recommend highly enough going on a writing course. I’ve been on three in as many years and always return home feeling immensely inspired to crack on with my writing.  Not only that, but on every occasion I’ve had a great time, met new friends and learned a lot!Continue reading “Courses for Aspiring Writers”

Top tips to finding the time to write when you have young children

When I’m on a writing course I enjoy being surrounded by people with whom I have something major in common – the love of writing and the passion for penning something that may one day be published.  This coupled with the support they offer in believing in each other’s abilities offers a much-needed confidence booster! However, IContinue reading “Top tips to finding the time to write when you have young children”