Eight things I wish I’d known when I started writing

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com I’ve been playing at being a writer for nine years now, almost a decade. It came as something of a shock when I calculated the time since I first put fingers to keyboard, because I often feel like a beginner. To be fair, the first four years were a…… Continue reading Eight things I wish I’d known when I started writing

How to build an author platform (and still find time to write that book)

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com A writer I follow on Twitter recently tweeted about a rejection she received from a literary agent. Apparently the agent loved her story but didn’t feel she had enough of a platform to take her on as a client. While there are authors who wow agents and publishers with…… Continue reading How to build an author platform (and still find time to write that book)

The importance of kindness in the #WritingCommunity

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com In the last few months, we’ve all been affected by the global pandemic. Not one of us has escaped. Some have lost jobs or loved ones, some have faced the stress of exposure to the virus at work, and others are dealing with disrupted routines and the nightmare juggle…… Continue reading The importance of kindness in the #WritingCommunity

Hello imposter syndrome, my old ‘friend’.

Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com After years of taking writing seriously, of small successes and countless not-so-near misses, two upcoming events have triggered my fear of failure. Big time. I usually try to ignore the fear and press on, but this time I feel the need to address it. It’s time to talk about the…… Continue reading Hello imposter syndrome, my old ‘friend’.

Networking 101: How to engage with the #writingcommunity

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com If you want to be a writer, you need to engage with the writing community. It makes sense to network if you want to break into a new career, and it also makes sense to find supportive friends to help you through the inevitable rejections and failure. When you are…… Continue reading Networking 101: How to engage with the #writingcommunity

Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter

Twitter is a divisive social media platform: people either love it or hate, and sometimes both on the same day. When I decided to build my social media presence a year ago, I set up a Facebook author page and began to engage with the writing community on Twitter. At first, Facebook seemed the more…… Continue reading Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter