5 good reasons not to trust your spell checker


Proofreading is more than a manual spell-check. This is the last stage of editing prior to publication. It's vital not to leave this stage to chance. It allows you to look for colour variations, layout issues, spacing, typeface consistency, missing items, tense and tone errors, content errors, inconsistent capitalisation, that page numbers are correct, and other formatting problems.

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.

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.

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, as well as why to avoid it and what it does to your narrative.  I honestly could not have put it better. Rather … Continue reading Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland

My first promotional video!


I am really out of practice with the software, so bare with me. They will get better. I have not yet bucked up the courage to actually appear in a video, but give me time and I am sure it will happen.

Ten Tips to Help You Avoid Telling Writing | Scribendi.com


One of the most often quoted axioms is: "Show, don't tell."

More about choosing an editor.


Choosing an editor is not easy. The good ones have fees that could choke a horse. However, they are GOOD editors, so the fees they charge are worth it. If you can afford those fees. Unfortunately, many Indie authors just can't break out that kind of cash. Enter the rip off artists. They come in … Continue reading More about choosing an editor.

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