Planning

I think we all know that “Successful writing requires good planning” and not mindlessness. It’s a simple formula with common hurdles, pitfalls and plain old mistakes. The Hurdles These may include time, motivation, money, confidence, knowledge and skill levels and people pressures. And, discipline (lack of). The Pitfalls So many to choose from but may…

Meh to eh

This was my long weekend:- Withdraw all my books from Smashwords, Amazon etc. Change name to my real name on each cover and while I was there change the entire cover Update the front and back matter and may as well do some other tweaking Import each document into Vellum and format (so much easier…

It’s Australia Day

It means many things to many people and to me it’s simply the place I was born, the environment I was raised in and the people, culture and values I’ve come to know. The lens I view through is ‘Australian’ and it is also realistic and so I’ve accepted the warts along with the beauty…

DUMB Goals for Twitter 2020

DUMB Goal for 2020 Twitter – monthly DUMB Goals Guess the genre Say My Name – this will be an author, songwriter … maybe, or a poet What Am I? – guess the narrative container It’s Personal – something uninteresting about me Protag or Antag? – you work it out How’s it stacking up against…

Old Year’s Irresolution – DUMB Goals

Meaning of ‘irresolution’:- hesitant, indecisiveness, ambivalence, plain old lazy Okay, maybe one of those things doesn’t really belong but truthfully I didn’t achieve very much in terms of writing or associated goals last year. Oh yeah, there was work, study and having far too many colds and flu’s and other crap stuff that happens in…

B b b b bad

Be a Bad Bad Storyteller Yep, you heard me. If you want to keep writing, and this is where the stubbornness comes in that I spoke of last post, you must keep writing even when in a bad mood. BUT don’t do any editing! At least not without making a copy – hack away at…

Stay The Course and Write

So you have the writer’s bug but don’t have the time. I’ve found myself in that position and have decided to write more microfiction and short stories. It would be easy to give up that thing that drives me to enrich my life. I’m lucky though, my addiction to write is cheap, resources are easily…

Be a good storyteller

As a writer you will need to make choices in how you tell a story and one way is by just doing it. Microfiction can help you with that skill. It can be easy to forget why you are writing when you are working on a full length novel. Try some shorter pieces to work…

The Independent Author

Hi writers of fiction! Let’s cut to the chase. Here are the objectives for my first free online course on my website. I’ll make pages later on as well. Writer’s Toolbox Lesson One – PDF 1Lesson1ContentandObjectives Lesson Two – PDF 2Lesson1Introduction

Change Isn’t Always Bad

So, I’m back working full-time and to be honest I’m happier than before. I’ve been working a long time (over 30 years) and loved the sabbatical of 2 years to write full-time. It was an additional year before I found work so while I was still writing and editing full-time I was working relief shifts…

The Tide Has Turned

I’m working on the last parts of this novel when I can and thankfully did most of the main work before I returned to full-time work. While it is a part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone. Just know that there’s an overarching plot but it’s long drawn until the last…