Adele’s song and writing a novel

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Love, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

So what does Adele’s song ‘Hello’ have to do with writing a novel? Apart from the fact that her music is fabulous and that she collected her MBE two people in front of me, I don’t know much about her. What I do know is that her song ‘Hello’ achieves what all writers want to do: identify […]

What would Margaret do? Meeting my literary hero Margaret Atwood

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

Late September I went to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to watch Margaret Atwood in conversation with Erica Wagner. Flashback to six months previously when I had seen the tickets go on sale and hovered in excitement over the ‘buy’ button until exactly 10am and then feverishly filled in the space in my diary, and […]

Resilience and publication – how to handle reviews

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Writing

One of the most difficult parts of publication is reading your reviews. If you have ever written or received a review you will have probably read the less than favourable opinions that people leave on products they don’t like. When I put my novel forward for the Kindle Scout process I knew it was geared […]

Excerpt from new gripping crime fiction novel Random Acts of Unkindness…

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Love, nanowrimo, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

Random Acts of Unkindness is now published by Kindle Press! The people who nominated on Kindle Scout have already received their free copy and the reviews are coming in. For anyone who hasn’t got their copy yet, I’m posting the first chapter – if you enjoy it you can get it here CHAPTER ONE  I […]

Day 15 update – half way through Kindle Scout

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Writing

So I’m half way through and I’ve had an accelerated learning experience over the past two weeks! Kindle Scout makes you evaluate exactly what you know about social networking against what tools are out there. It also makes you evaluate how comfortable you are with the process. Self publishing has had a bashing this week in […]

Ideas for your novel – something old or something new?

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

There’s a dilemma lots of writers face when researching ideas for a novel. We can easily see what’s successful and it’s tempting to follow the trend. Then again, a novel needs a unique concept in order to catch the attention of an agent or publisher. So is there a middle way? It’s true that the […]

BREAKING NEWS: We don’t know everything…

Posted Posted in Dialectical thinking, Philosophy, Psychology, Quantum physics, truth

I took a bus ride to Manchester yesterday to see an art exhibition. The bus was very full and I had no option but to sit upstairs, at the back, near a testosterone of teenage boys. The journey took me twenty minutes and during that time one of them hardly paused for breath, the main […]

Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to what happens…

Posted Posted in Psychology

World news always affects me. I have, over the years, developed a global conscience that allows me to empathize with people I have never met. Or, humanity. Along with this, I have tried to develop the breadth of understanding that values and respect the ways people live, even if it doesn’t align with my own […]

Meeting a hero…

Posted Posted in Psychology

I’ve spent the last couple of days in Aberdeen at an annual dinner, now in it’s 10th year. The fact that something matters so much that a group of people work together for ten years to keep it going is quite something, and over this time I’ve made some dear friends. This year was slightly […]