It’s BritCrime This Weekend – Do Come And Join Us!

If you love British Crime fiction and can’t get to the events that you see advertised, you can attend one this weekend from the comfort of your own sitting room courtesy of BritCrime. BritCrime is a new online festival taking place on Facebook from 11th-13th July, where readers can drop in and talk to writers … Read More →

My Crimefest 2015 Highlights

Last Saturday I headed off with fellow writer Darren Paterson, to sample a day of delights at Crimefest in Bristol and rub shoulders with some of the big names in the crime fiction world. It was my first visit to this event (although their eighth year, I believe) and proved to be a very special … Read More →

A Night in Pictures – The Launch of Black Wood by SJI Holliday

One of the nicest things about being on this writing journey is celebrating the achievements and successes of friends. I met Susi (SJI) Holliday three years ago when I first joined the social media community. For some years now she has been a prolific short story author, however today sees the launch of her debut … Read More →

New Release Interview: The Single Feather by R F Hunt

I welcome dear friend and fellow author, Ruth Hunt, to the blog today. All novels are special, but debuts especially so and Ruth is here to share with us her recent release,  The Single Feather. Here’s R F Hunt (Ruth) to tell us a little more about it. 1) Can you describe your new novel … Read More →

Write From the Heart

When I first joined the realms of social media, I quickly noticed all the online writing challenges. It seemed almost daily a post would appear in my inbox about word counts, such as NaNoWriMo, the 500 words a day challenge, the A-Z Blog Challenge. In fact, I read so many posts about daily word counts it almost gave me an inferiority complex about my own writing habits.

There are benefits of course. Writing everyday helps us to develop and improve our style, concentrates the mind, makes our projects grow. Challenges can provide focus and discipline. However it’s important to remember that not everyone is able to follow such a routine. Some people belong to a small pocket of authors who can only write when the mood feels in balance. Others, like myself, have a day job, a family and other commitments.

500 words a day doesn’t sound very much, but to write 500 quality words a day is another matter. For me, squeezing in half an hour to sit in front of the screen for the sake of it and churn out a load of drivel simply doesn’t appeal. Even getting those words down and making something of it later, leaves me cold.

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