Blog Visits

Up Coming Blog Visits Its great to become more active again on the social media front with some blog visits already passed and plenty more to come this week. With the different time zones it is interesting arranging blog visits, I have to remember they fall the day after the quoted date, as New Zealand is a “day ahead” of US/UK. The responses I got for my requests for some blog visits to help promote the release of “Leath’s Legacy” … Continue reading

New Release “Leath’s Legacy”

New Release “Leath’s Legacy” There’s nothing like a new release to encourage a writer back onto the promotional pathway. Or a relaxing holiday to provide her with the energy. I’ve recently returned from a three week holiday in the resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand so I have no excuse for not knuckling down and getting involved with promoting my new release “Leath’s Legacy”. Starting tomorrow I will be guesting on half a dozen different blogs and … Continue reading

Return To One’s Roots

Return To One’s Roots How often do we get the chance to return to one’s roots? At whatever stage of our lives we might be at, I believe anything gone before us can be considered as “our roots” because it is there that we have been molded into the people we are today. Without that moment in our past, be it short or extended, we wouldn’t be the person we are now. Without that experience our personality would be subtly … Continue reading

Writing Tip – Where to Set Your Story

Where To Set Your Story How important is the decision where to set your story? What do you need to consider when choosing your setting? How important will a location become to the overall adventure you plan to scribe? I guess all this is determined by the genre you write. Some genres eg. Regency, determine the setting and you have no choice. But if you write contemporary romance stories, then let your mind search the world for something new and … Continue reading

RWNZ Conference 2014 Through My Eyes

RWNZ (Romance Writers of New Zealand)Conference Last weekend I attended the annual RWNZ Conference. For one reason or another I had missed the last couple of years but had been looking forward to another weekend of total immersion in the writing craft. I was not disappointed. The worst thing about a conference where numerous workshops are held simultaneously is that you must miss some workshops that you would have liked to attend. This was the case last weekend, so I … Continue reading

Days Slipping By

Days Slipping By That almost sounds like something one could use as a title for a story, doesnt it? Days slipping by. Do you ever have periods when you just can’t settle down and do the things you know have to be done? You feel the days slipping by into weeks but you still cannot pull yourself up to complete necessary tasks? I guess one could call this a major attack of procrastination, and its one I’ve been suffering from. … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Research While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. Today I’m going to talk about Research. Research is a vital part of story writing. Even if you are writing a contemporary story some research will be required. In my next to be published romance story “Leath’s Legacy” I … Continue reading

Writing Tips for Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Conflict While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. Your pre-writing days are nearly over. You’ve got your story idea (plot) and your characters but have you figured out what motivates those characters? There must be conflict! This is vital! While it must be strong enough to last … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Plotting While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. This week we’re going to begin shaping the story into some semblance of order. Yes, we’re still in the pre-writing stage but we’re learning valuable lessons. I follow a very similar routine to that which I’m sharing with you … Continue reading

Writing Tips for Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Characters While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. Lets continue with what I’ll call pre-story writing today. Don’t be disillusioned. You are writing. You are exercising that part of your brain which develops and releases imagination. You are learning some very valuable skills you will use again … Continue reading