Here’s a Foolproof Way to get Blogging Ideas

Finding ideas for blog posts can be tricky. But there's a website I've used in the past that could give you some inspiration. It's called Answer the Public. Very simply you type in a keyword or phrase, and it shows you a bunch of questions asked online by, well, the public. It's a pretty good way… Continue reading Here’s a Foolproof Way to get Blogging Ideas

A Visit to Poldark Country – Cornwall, UK

If you're not familiar with BBC series "Poldark" let me sum it up - set in Cornwall in the eighteenth century, it focuses on Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, who's trying to make his fortunes by mining copper, and has a penchant for scything things with his top off. Ok, so there's actually far… Continue reading A Visit to Poldark Country – Cornwall, UK

3 Ways Writers can use Instagram

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Websites and apps can be more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to writing. But just as Pinterest can help writers, so can Instagram. Plenty of people shy away from it, pointing out that the unrealistic view of reality it promotes isn't exactly healthy. But the same can be said of everything… Continue reading 3 Ways Writers can use Instagram

Where’s the Oddest place you’ve done it?

Write I mean! On trains and buses, boats and rooftops, beaches, balconies and the bottom of the sea, we writers will do it anywhere (get your minds out of the gutter please!) I'm sure you know what it's like to have the Muse (or just the need to flex those writing muscles) strike at an… Continue reading Where’s the Oddest place you’ve done it?

4 Roadblocks to your Writing – And 4 ways to Steamroll them!

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For every writing problem you have, there is an answer. Not necessarily an easy answer that involves lamps and Genies but an answer nevertheless. Here are four common roadblocks that stop you from writing - and four ways to steamroll them flat. 1) I don't have time to write When I was younger, there was a… Continue reading 4 Roadblocks to your Writing – And 4 ways to Steamroll them!

An Explanation of the Continuous Necessity

You write so that when you fall, your descent will be arrested, by a silver net of words tied in knots onto the walls. And you ask, are they strong enough, tough enough, tall enough, what if they just break so that you crash into the floor? So you write and on you tie them… Continue reading An Explanation of the Continuous Necessity

Raised in the fantasy way

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I grew up surrounded by fantasy and sci-fi. Maybe that's why it's what I love to write now.  Bedtime stories were The Hobbit, Wind in the Willows, Roald Dahl. Daytime video viewing was Star Wars, Willow, Labyrinth and all the Disney films. It's still seen as odd if you're into fantasy and happen to be… Continue reading Raised in the fantasy way

New Year Musings

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It's all over. Both the year and my book. Completing the book has been my biggest achievement and one I didn't expect to happen. When I looked back at my New Years postfrom January 2015, I was surprised to find I'd gone beyond what I thought I could do. I completed the 2nd edit on… Continue reading New Year Musings

Today

Today I felt a moment of sadness flicked in from nothing a moment given for the mourning of those who have no other I wondered whose loss I had been assigned who they had been before the trap closed whether they were always anonymous born and died with the light touch flying with dragging feet… Continue reading Today

A Tour of The British Library

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Did you know you can go on a behind the scenes tour of The British Library? Well, you can and you can book tickets online too, for only £10 pounds each which I think is pretty reasonable. I booked the tickets beforehand to make sure we had a place but being a Tuesday morning there were… Continue reading A Tour of The British Library