Feel The Fear… and Write it Anyway

When you want something; really, really want something, where do you begin in getting close to it? My own answer: "Build it, and they will come." I live in a beautiful, rented house in Scotland which was the very thing that drove me to write. Seven years ago our landlord decided she wanted to sell it, my husband …

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Conquering Writer’s Block (Without Your Head Falling Off)

One of the questions posed on my Goodreads author page, was ‘how do you conquer writer’s block?’ I said I didn’t believe in it. I said, ‘just push through. Keep writing. Write anything, even if it’s drivel.’ I think the best thing you can do is allow yourself to write nonsense and all of a …

Authors: Don’t Be a Bloody Statistic

There are people that are writing in the hope of getting rich, and there are people that are writing for the love of the craft. I would firmly plant myself between these two extremes. I suspect that those writers who are most disappointed are in the first category. I love writing, have reached a point in …

The Rollercoaster – 29,000 Downloads Later

Remember this scene from the 1980’s comedy film, Parenthood? If you follow my progress you will know two significant things have happened to me lately: 1) I left my agent and found my novel, 'The New Mrs D' unpublished with a loss of my sales rankings and 2) I held a three day free promotion …

The New Mrs D – A Publication Update from a Terrified Author

I have been asked by many for an update on my road to publication, so today I am making an announcement: The road has been temporarily blocked. And yes, I am now terrified. I do want to do what I promised I would for other new writers and that is share my journey. I've had to be quiet …

Creativity Blocks,Distractions and Oh, What Was That Other Thing Again?

I read a wonderful post on blocks to creativity just this week, which I subsequently posted to my Facebook page. Should you go there to read it, why not LIKE my page while you're there? I promise to only appear in your news feed once a day and never try to sell you any books …