Recently I have been so caught up in the process of editing my writing and changing (and changing and changing) my opening scenes, my opening lines to make my writing more attractive to potential agents, prospective publishers that along the way I completely forgot something very important; I love to write. Continue reading “I Forgot I Love to Write”
I haven’t blogged in a long time. For a number of reasons really.
Firstly I made it feel like a chore. Like it was a job that needed to be done and simply ticked off a list. But that’s not what blogging is to me. Although, for a time, that’s what it became. I blog because I love to write, to find new ways of expressing myself and to connect with people through my writing. It is not a job, I do not get paid for it and I don’t have any deadlines I need to keep – even those ones which are self-imposed. Continue reading “It’s Been a While…”
Almost everything in life is a learning experience and NaNoWriMo has been just that. This year I have learned a lot undertaking the challenge of writing a 50,000 word first draft of a brand-new novel in 30 days.
Here are 5 things that I’ve learned thanks to NaNoWriMo 2017: Continue reading “What I’ve Learned from NaNoWriMo 2017”
I shouldn’t be doing this – writing a blog post, that is – I should be ramping up my floundering word count for this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt.
In case you don’t know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge for writers to get an entire first draft of a new novel complete, up to 50,000 words, in one month – November. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo and Me”
Last week saw the first every Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival held in, the beautiful town of, Kinsale. The festival lasted from Thursday to Sunday and featured many talented writers from Tara Flynn, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Paul Howard and many, many more.
There were workshops and readings galore and I was thrilled to attend both Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s workshop and reading. Continue reading “Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival 2017”
This summer I had a notion to learn more than just the cúpla focal I managed to retain from my school days but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it – I do often wonder how I know so little after so many years. Queue a trip to Dingle An Daingean, a spin around The Wild Atlantic Way, being completely transfixed by the Blasket Islands and I was inspired – poetry! Continue reading “Learning a Language using Poetry”
The most important thing for me when writing is to create a relatable lead character. It’s what I always look for in the books I read. Plot can only take you so far, it’s the characters who carry you through the story. The key thing to remember when creating interesting and relatable characters is that this does not always mean a likeable character. In fact, I think relatable and likeable can often be found on opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Continue reading “Lead Characters- How I Like Them”
Finding time to write with two smallies isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world. I remember before I had my girls, I was always talking about writing. I’m going to write this, I’m going to write that. Oh but if only I had the time. I’m just ever so busy. Continue reading “Shut Up I’m Trying to Write About How Much I Love You”
My book is finished – finally – and my first three chapters are edited and ready to go so now I’ll just send it off to agents and publishers, right?
Nope, not yet. I need a cover letter and synopsis first. After researching and trawling through the Writers & Artists Yearbook with a highlighter only to alter the colour of entire pages I put together some notes to help me get everything together to send off my book. I decided to make a blog post from my notes to help anyone else who may be at the same stage – or about to be. Continue reading “Submitting your Book- Cover Letter and Synopsis”