Overcoming Your Fear of Writing A Novel

This year, my fiance and I brought our first house. The place we ended up with wasn’t – and still isn’t – perfect. Its previous owner had a great fondness for textured and patterned wallpaper, but by the time we brought the house much of this wallpaper was peeling off. So whilst the work it […]

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Five Ways To Write Better Dialogue

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I find hardest to write is dialogue. It’s so easy to overthink it, to start questioning whether it sounds natural or flows nicely – and as soon as you start doing that, you often find your dialogue actually starts getting worse. So today I’ve got […]

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Managing Mental Health & Self-Employment

Five years ago, I couldn’t have managed a part-time job – whether a traditional one, or a self-directed one. The process of moving forward from this has been a learning one, and it is not a situation unique to me. Many people who experience major mental health breakdowns find it difficult to return to work […]

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Nanowrimo: Where Garbage is Golden

Today I’d like to talk to you about Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is an annual writing competition where you compete against yourself, attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. This works out to 1,666 words a day, which doesn’t sound like much…until you’ve tried to do it. Nonetheless it is an incredible encouragement tool, […]

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Writing Mental Health: Mundane Magic & Anxiety

When I was young, I looked to books to find myself. In the characters I read about, I tried to understand this mortal shell I was trapped in – what it meant, what it could be, how to survive it. By their examples I found aspects of myself; solace in seeing them succeed and strength […]

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Resources for Author Publishers

So you’ve heard the story of how I went from writing a novel to self-publishing it – now here’s a list of what I used to do it. I mentioned several of these in the previous post but, for easy reference, here’s as complete a list I can muster of things that helped me educate […]

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Self-Publishing: The Story Thus Far

When I decided to self-publish Mundane Magic, I knew that I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. So when I made the decision to self-publish in the middle of 2016, I spent the rest of the year researching what would be involved in self-publishing. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite what […]

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Introducing…

Let me preface this by saying that I have abandoned as many blogs as I have started. I have never quite achieved longevity – possibly due to finding it difficult to write only about one topic, possibly due to never gaining an audience for it and thus feeling like the writing was a little pointless. […]

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