Thursday, 27 February 2014

Catching up

Sorry it's been so long since my last post on this blog! Life's doing that speedy-up thing it does now and again, when there's too much to do and not enough time to do it all in. Weekends have been busy and that always puts me behind - I need weekends here at home to get writing, blogging, housework, running done, as well as a bit of relaxing in between.

Anyway - here's a great link for you and news of what I've been working on lately.

Link first. Ever wondered what happens to submissions after they're delivered to your chosen market? Della Galton followed the journey of hers at Women's Weekly, and wrote it up in a blog post here, along with photos. It's a fascinating post - do go and look!

And what I've been working on: as well as pushing onwards with the latest novel, I've been putting together second editions of each of my How To books. I've added a couple of stories and more discussion to both books, along with a section on ideas and prompts. And both books will be available as print books as well as ebooks. There's a little way to go yet, but I'm getting closer to pressing the Publish button on the CreateSpace website. I'll let you know when they're available!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Back to Creative Writing School

I recently read Bridget Whelan's ebook, Back to Creative Writing School which is available as a Kindle ebook for all of £1.70.

I have to say it is one of the most inspiring and unusual How To books I have ever read, and I whole-heartedly recommend it. So do many other people - go and take a look at her Amazon reviews!

It's formatted like a school year - 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, and a lesson for each week including exercises to inspire and energise you.

Some exercises are very quick, others would take an afternoon of solid work. They all look worth doing, and I think I'm going to need to take a year off and do the entire course! Whether you're a new writer wanting to get going and learn some skills, or a jaded and faded writer getting long in the tooth, I think this book won't fail to get you up and running, producing your best work ever.

10/10 to Bridget for this one. Gold stars, grade A*, first class honours degree - however you're scoring things this one comes out top.