Wednesday, 1 February 2017

IWSG - Reading Rocks!

Today is also the first posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group of 2017.  The IWSG is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment. Join us at  www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com And don't forget to sign up for the IWSG Newsletter - it's filled with great advice written by writers for writers. 


I can’t believe how quickly January has whizzed past, leaving me in a total daze. I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to this month, but the writing days have been productive and I’m pleased with the results.

It’s great to see so many new books being launched – my ‘to be read’ file is filling quickly. One book I’ve read recently is Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey - the latest in her Disaster Crimes Series. I loved it! If you like to be thrilled and dragged through dangerous situations, I highly recommend you read this story. Currently, I'm reading a book by the fabulous crime writer Ann Cleeves: The Moth Catcher. Crime writing at its best.

This month’s IWSG reflective question is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?


The main thing I’ve noticed since being a writer, is an increase in my appreciation for writers. To create a story that captivates and enthralls a reader is difficult to accomplish, and requires a lot of skill, amongst an array of other things.

Even though I’m an English teacher, and as part of the job I have to analyse text, I mostly read for enjoyment. Naturally, the more learned about the craft of writing, the easier it is to spot inconsistencies within a piece of text, but honestly, if a reader gets too bogged down with searching out technicalities – good or bad – then the whole purpose of reading for enjoyment or escapism is quashed, isn’t it? 

As a writer, I aim to give my readers an experience that emotionally involves them in my story, and as a reader, I wish to continue being captivated by writers who invite me to share their journey. 

Read any good books lately?  I wish you all a fabulous February.

Happy reading and writing!






  

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Planning, Targets and Rules




Happy New Year everybody!

For me, the first week of January is a time for planning, setting new work schedules and being specific about what I want to achieve by the end of the year - a habit I developed during my teaching years. I usually set myself five main targets and try to be SMART  (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) about them.

Throughout the planning process, I consider what lessons I learned throughout the last year – the most poignant of 2016 being to plan the editing process more efficiently. Not only did I misjudge the amount of time needed for completing the rewrites of my novel (it is the first and no doubt I’ll get quicker in time), but I also assumed that my editor could slot my work in when I wanted it done – oops! More forward planning is featuring heavily on my planner, which in turn sets me more deadlines – a good thing for someone who is easily distracted.

My five targets for this year, in no particular order, are:

  • To publish my d├ębut crime novel

  • To finish creating my website and go live

  • To complete, edit and publish my mystery novella

  • To build up a mailing list

  • To complete the first draft of my second crime novel

Whatever your aims or aspirations are for this year, writerly or not, I wish you all the best.


Today is also the first posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group of 2017.  The IWSG is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment. Join us at  www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com And don't forget to sign up for the IWSG Newsletter - it's filled with great advice written by writers for writers.   

This month's IWSG Reflective Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?


For me, there is none. Naturally there are rules I ignore, rules that I’ve learned from but unless we hear opinions, guidelines and preferred procedures, we cannot make informed decisions of our own.


Wishing all at IWSG a successful and prosperous new year, filled with lots of great books and stories!