writing

Pen vs Keyboard – Brain Wars (or what happens in your brain when you write by hand)

What differences does it make in your brain if you write with a pen or type on a keyboard? Lots of writers believe that their creative juices flow more freely when they take to handwriting. I happen to be one of them. But is there any evidence that this is so? I wanted to know, […]

Squee!! New Covers!!

I’ve recently been doing a little bit of title-and-cover updating for my Perth Girls series. While I liked my titles and covers, I wasn’t sure they properly conveyed the intent of the series, that it was a romance series, and that it was about individual relationships. I also updated blurbs and meta-data, so that searching […]

A Labour of Love

Whoever it was who said writing a romance novel is easy needs to spend a week in my shoes. I am around 5000 words (two writing days) away from penning the final words in The Defiant One – the second book in my Perth Girls series. Its been a mission. I’ve had to dig deep, […]

Setting Goals and Kicking Butt – the ancient Japanese art of Segokibu.

Like every other worthwhile endeavour, writing a book takes effort. Writing a whole bunch of books takes a whole bunch of effort. Writing a shitload of books… well, you get the picture. Building a career as a bankable author is a daunting task. Ask any bankable author. Apart from the very rare overnight sensation (EL […]

Each one of you is a Little Piece of Me…

They say you put a little piece of yourself into every story you write. With my Perth Girls series, each of the three heroines definitely got a piece of me, or should I say, I gave them a piece.   They are my ‘write what you know’ stories, so it made sense to give those […]

Finding Time to Write

You’re probably a busy person. We all are these days. So much stuff needs to happen in such a short period of time – it’s easy to blink and find that it’s already tomorrow, and all your plans for today have gone bye-bye. Some experts say you should ‘write every day’. Others say you shouldn’t […]

How Changing Perspective can Improve Your Story

While editing the manuscript for Hidden Duchess, I’ve made the conscious decision to change a couple of chapters from one character’s perspective to another. Today, I’m explaining why I would go to all that trouble – and why writers should be looking at their stories from different angles, to give their readers the very best experience […]

Too Many Stories

What do you do when you have a thousand different stories swirling around in your head? I’m asking, because its a problem I struggle with all the time – I have a lovely novel all lined up in my head, and I’ll be writing along merrily, then another idea will swamp me. Then another. Then […]

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