‘Aargh – no-one understands me!’ – avoiding this writer’s pitfall

Nice friends and colleagues may ask you ‘How’s the book coming on?’ and you may talk about it for a time, probably aware that you don’t want to go on about it too much through fear of being known as a ‘writing bore’. So, when can you talk about your current project, your characters, writer’sContinue reading “‘Aargh – no-one understands me!’ – avoiding this writer’s pitfall”

To self-publish or not to self-publish…

So, the moment of truth is nigh.  This weekend is the annual RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) conference at Lancaster University.  This is the first ever time I’ll have been – RNA virgins we’re called apparently – and I’ve come to realise it’s a BIIIIIIIG deal in the romance writers’ calendar; the biggest in fact. EmailsContinue reading “To self-publish or not to self-publish…”

Suppress self doubt – and emerge brilliant, or humiliated?

In order to achieve something we want is it necessary to risk making an absolute idiot of ourselves if it all goes wrong?  I’m beginning to think it is. If we give it a go and emerge triumphant then happy days, but if we give it a go and emerge a failure then there could beContinue reading “Suppress self doubt – and emerge brilliant, or humiliated?”

Coping with Rejection – when does perseverance become flogging a dead horse?

Writing teaches you a lot about yourself – how able you are to work alone, whether or not you can be self-disciplined and how creative you can be.  It also teaches you something you might never have needed to know before: how well you deal with rejection, or not, as the case may be. I’veContinue reading “Coping with Rejection – when does perseverance become flogging a dead horse?”