Where did the ideas come from? For the characters, I wanted creatures that were flexible in what they could do (to give me a good scope for plot ideas.) I knew I wanted a natural setting and I did research into wildlife native to the UK. I researched kids programs and characters and decided to… Continue reading How I Designed my Children’s Characters
I’ll be honest here. I was approached by someone wanting some illustrations for a kid’s book. The project didn’t go ahead in the end, but I had become enthused about creating some illustrations. I have a creative degree which I’m not currently using in my career. The two main things I want to do in… Continue reading Why I Decided to Write for Children.
I know there are lots of blog posts about this topic and lots of writers worrying about this issue, but let me show a different perspective on the matter. This blog post idea came to me from a friend who recently self-published her debut novel All Things Unholy. I edited this book. I am not… Continue reading Dealing with Negative Reviews, Why it’s good to have a team.
I was wondering if anyone uses a notebook to jot down ideas. How many times have you had a light bulb, not written it down, then later on wished you had? I know I’ve done that! I carry one around with me so if I get a light bulb, I’ll jot it down. Light Bulbs… Continue reading Do You Keep an Ideas Notebook?
Hey guys! Unfortunately Pear Dust didn’t get accepted into the competition I entered it. But that’s okay as I’ve now got a short story I’m proud of which I’m going to self-publish myself! This week I’ve been working on a short sci-fi romance called Hologram Dolphins. Enjoy the snippet! Comments are always welcome 🙂 ~*~… Continue reading Friday Snippets – Hologram Dolphins
I decided to post a snippet from a short story I wrote last year called ‘On the Corner of Central Avenue.’ Hope you enjoy! ~*~ Bill scanned the stretch of greenery for an available seat. His eyes fell upon his usual shaded bench but perched on one corner was an old man with a stick.… Continue reading Friday Snippets – Short Story
Everyone has their own little places and methods of working and they’re all different depending on your personality. When to write. The ‘Moon Hours’ Method. The idea with this is to write immediately when you wake up, still in your pyjamas, before you do anything else. The theory is that your brain has not had time to fully… Continue reading How and Where to Write?
Here’s another snippet from my short story – Pearl Dust. This time it’s a piece of description. I’m going to be entering this into One More Day Anthology competition from J. Taylor Publishing. Wish me luck! 🙂 ~*~ The warm smell of fried eggs and cheese still lingered in the large kitchen. The kitchen appliances… Continue reading Friday Snippets – Pearl Dust
Recently I’ve been in a writing slump. This is similar to writer’s block in the way that I wanted to write, I had story ideas, but every time I opened up the Word Doc or looked at my printed MS I didn’t know how to proceed and what to do to make it better. I’m blaming… Continue reading 4 Tips to Beat the Writing Slump
Pearl Dust is the title I’ve coined for my Sci-Fi short, not sure if it’s the one I’ll stick with. Here’s another snippet. Be warned, this is first draft so will be rough! Enjoy! ~*~ A loud clank on the roof tiles made Cara jump and instinctively look to the roof as if she could… Continue reading Friday Snippets – Pearl Dust