Here's the first excerpt from book 2 of Sons of Alba, which will be entitled Son of Redemption. Here we meet Seumas, who inherited all the stubbornness and fire of his parents Eithne and Ruairi. As you'll see, he's got a long way to go. Seumas was in the stable loft, nursing his pride and… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Seumas being a Rascal
Write what you know. It's a good piece of advice. But what I know is stay-at-home motherhood and the chaos of 4 children. I don't want to read about that! Why would I want to write about that? My passion is fantasy and historical fiction. So how do I write that and still write what… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Write What You Know
We all get knocked down sometimes. For me, it was just this weekend. I made the mistake of reading a review that wasn't terribly favourable. My heart plummeted into my stomach and my first thought was: "Why should I write anything if people won't like it?" Thankfully my little pity party didn't last long. Looking… Continue reading Monday Motivation: Get Back Up
Any writer knows ideas don't always come at convenient times. A brand new character might pop into your mind while working on a deadline for something else. You might dream up a fantastic plot twist that simply doesn't work with your current wip. These idea mushrooms murder focus. But they're valuable, all the same. How… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: What to do with those random ideas …
Ever had that moment where you look at the house you have to clean or the report you have to write or the manuscript you have to edit and say "Why am I even doing this?" (Parents of young kids who try to keep their house clean can really relate) There are plenty of things… Continue reading Monday Motivation: Finding the Why
Ever read a story that felt too rushed? I don't mean those great books that you wished never ended. I mean the ones where you get to the end and say "what just happened?" I've read some bestselling authors who clearly faced the pressure to get a book in under word count and on time.… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: How to deal with word-count restrictions
Here goes my first writing challenge. Have you got your work in progress ready to go? Pick a scene that feels really flat to you. (Or make one up if you don't have a wip) Now close your eyes. Imagine yourself standing in that room. What do you see? That's easy. It's the first… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: How to bring a scene to life in 5 minutes.