Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland


The advice in this post is just so marvellous I have just purchased her book on story structure and the accompanying workbook.  Ms Weiland offers succinct advice not only on what to avoid, but why to avoid it and what it does to your narrative.  I honestly could not have put it better. Rather than … Continue reading Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland

An opportunity not to be missed!


The details can be found on Harry's website. The weekend will stretch from the 25th to the 26th May 2017. Booking will only remain open until the end of February so do hurry.

Apologies to readers; I promise I have not forgotten you.


Writing should not be a chore we have to force yourself to do no matter what. If it is, then you are doing it wrong.

Outlining the obvious.


"Using the outline to figure out the technicalities of your plot gives you the freedom to deeply explore your characters, settings and themes in intimate detail in your first draft." - K. Weiland | Outlining your Novel: Map your Way to Success - By using brief bullet lists to sketch out the order in which … Continue reading Outlining the obvious.

Updated Terms and Conditions of Service


I have slightly changed my Terms and conditions of service. These can be found on my website, but I have included the here for your reference.

First Chapter of a WIP


Charon swore. The monitor he had been battling with for the last hour had flickered off yet again and had now filled the area with the smell of burnt plastic. “Typical.” He crawled under the desk and fought with the mass of wire that inevitably develops behind the desk of even the most fastidious of us. Eventually, he found the correct lead and followed it to the power socket. It had melted. Struggling to his feet he picked up the telephone and hit one of the autodial keys. “Yes. It’s the front desk. Again. Put me through to IT please.” He waited for ten minutes on hold, listening to a very tinny, off-tempo, instrumental version of Rhinestone Cowboy on a loop while grinding his teeth.

Keeping the red flags flying (so you don’t get conned)


Writer's First Rule. People pay you for your work.  Not the other way around. If someone asks you to pay money, ANY money, in order represent your work you need to do several things: Tell them you are no longer interested Block their number Add their email to your 'blocked senders' list Preditors & Editors was … Continue reading Keeping the red flags flying (so you don’t get conned)

Dangers of dithering


We know when something comes out flat. It feels trite or contrived as if it could really be done away with. Being vague has the same effect. If that information is important then the 'seemed to', estimations, and approximations need to go. Your author voice will come through the stronger for it.

Reading List for 2017


I have decided to put together a reading list of the twelve books (some are really big) I want to read or finish reading this year, and I have scheduled time for my own reading in my calendar. I have included blurbs and links so if you fancy any yourself you can find them quickly (all links are kindle UK). You might notice a bit of a theme. I don't intend to read them in any particular order (apart from the first one which is due today and I am champing at the bit to start). Oh, and you might notice a bit of a theme.

Hope everyone is enjoying their mid-winter break


A suggestion from a fellow editor made me give editing and proofreading a go and I am glad I took him up on his advice. I love it and have since set myself up as a freelancer. This means I have the freedom to set my own hours. It has also taught me that I not only need to learn when to stop working and think about something else for a while but actually do it.