2016 Updates

Oh gosh, over a year since my last post?! *Hangs head in shame*. To be fair, I do post more frequently over at my fashion blog and am pretty good at keeping my social accounts updated, so follow those for for daily ramblings (Twitter/Instagram). But I thought it was about time I updated you all [...]

Poll: Do you Write in Chronological or Non-Chronological Order?

A question that’s been on my mind today as I start work on a new novel (I know! Exciting! More on this later :)) – who writes their novels in chronological order? As with all things writing, there’s no right or wrong way, but I’m interested to know how many people prefer following their stories [...]

Authors on Writing and Reading Interview Series: Philip Reeve

Oops, apologies I’ve not been consistent with posting these interviews each Monday! Just when you think life has calmed down a bit, it all gets crazy again. But I’m super excited to share today’s post with you – and trust me, it’s worth the wait. It’s not every day an author like me gets to [...]

Authors on Writing and Reading Interview Series: Bea Davenport

Say hello to the lovely Bea Davenport (the writing name of former journalist Barbara Henderson). The Serpent House is her first novel for children, though she is already a published crime writer. Listen to how intriguing The Serpent House sounds – in this historical time-fantasy inspired by the medieval leper hospital once sited in the [...]

Bluebells

Had to share a pic from my fashion and lifestyle blog to show you one of my favourite writing inspiration locations (ooh rhyme). These bluebell woods are in Heartwood Forest, just a half an hour walk from my parents’ house. In the spring the wood turns purple with flowers, making it such [...]

Authors on Writing and Reading Interview Series: Kate Kelly

Hello lovely readers! Man has this year flown by so far. Big apologies for not writing on here more – it’s utterly shameful that we’re almost half the way through 2014 and I’ve posted less than ten times this year. *Claps wrists* I just don’t know where the months have gone. I guess that’s something [...]

Writing Description Checklist

(Originally posted over at Author Allsorts)

Every writer has a different style when it comes to description. Some use only a minimal amount, focusing instead on action and dialogue, with short, sharp bursts of description to ground it all. Others really build it up, winding their narrative around atmospheric writing that’s so alive it’s almost [...]

My Writing Process #mywritingprocess

The lovely Emma Carroll tagged me into the #writingprocess meme, which has got writers discussing the ways in which they work.

I love hearing about other writers’ processes. It’s strange, because writing is such a personal, unique thing, something that so many of us can barely describe or understand even ourselves, so you wouldn’t think [...]

How to Write a Novel in a Month for NaNoWriMo

It’s over halfway through November, which means longer nights and cold, winter-touched air, the start of Christmas present shopping, and also that it’s finally acceptable to have two cups of hot chocolate a day (or at least, to me it is). But it also means something else for a lot of people – they’re in [...]

What Happens After Your Book is Published

Short answer: Not a lot.

Long answer: A few things change, but mostly it’s back to the usual. And by usual I mean, more writing. EVEN more now, because you’re feeling the pressure from your publisher’s deadline (if you had more than a one book deal), and you have readers now who are waiting on [...]