Why Returning To A Failed Creative Project Has Been One Of The Best Things I have Ever Done! #MondayBlogs


Failure. It can give you sweaty nightmares, awful sinking feelings, clammy hands and a feeling of doom. This year I have learnt that failure also gives you a golden chance to try again and do things differently.

Take it from me – the buzz you get from seeing  success out of something you previously thought had failed is a game changer!

Returning to a failed creative project has been one of the best things I have ever done.

Here is my story and my reasons:

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8 Signs You’re Not Ready To Quit Writing #MondayBlogs #AmWriting #Writer


You have your reasons for quitting writing; it’s too hard, you’ve come to the conclusion your writing is unlikely to bring you fame and fortune, nobody wants to read your work or even your best tweed writer jacket no longer fits you. They all seem like great reasons to quit.

The only problem is that you are displaying some important signs and these signs indicate you’re not ready to quit. If only you knew you were wasting valuable time and energy telling everyone about your intention to leave the creative world.

Here are the signs you need to watch out for:

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How To Be A Happy Writer In 2017 #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Writer


I started 2016 with a miserable writer look on my face (similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp) and I ended it with a smile. As the year progressed my writer happiness levels increased.

Based on my learnings from 2016, here are my top tips on how to be a happy writer in 2017:

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12 Things Writers Need To Pack For Their 2017 Writing Journey #SundayBlogShare #Writer #NewYear


Before we all buckle up and head off on our 2017 writing journey, let’s agree on some useful stuff to pack. I don’t want us to get into our journey and discover we forgot some important items. We don’t have time for tears! 

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Author Interviews – Liz Tipping @LizTipping #Author #WeekendBlogShare


Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.

These interviews give me a glimpse into the writing life of an author. They share their book journey, the obstacles they have faced and their motivations. At the end of each interview I ask the big question – what do they wear whilst writing?

This week I am struggling to contain my excitement as one of my romantic comedy author heroines has agreed to sit in my red chair. I read her first book Five Go Glamping and liked it so much I travelled to Birmingham to hear her speak at a book event. She was so funny, charming and inspiring I found myself charging up to the front to talk to her afterwards. 

After a gin or tonic or two, I built up the courage to contact her before Christmas to ask whether she would appear on my blog and……she said YES!  Dreams can come true readers!

So please welcome Liz Tipping..

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Why Supportive Writing Friends Are Like Lighthouses #MondayBlogs #AmWriting


There are times when writing is similar to sailing a small boat, across a stormy sea at night.

Think of your little boat as your creative project and the angry sea being a mixture of your emotions, your recent literary experiences and your writer demons.

You are in total darkness, desperately clinging onto something (which you have little faith in), you have no idea where you are going to end up and you are cursing yourself for even thinking about setting off on a journey like this.

You are desperate…when out of the literary darkness comes this beam of light.

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Author Interviews – Lacey London @thelaceylondon #AmWriting #Author


Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.

Every week I get to interview an amazing and inspirational author over a virtual cuppa and a biscuit (or two). We talk about their literary journey, the struggles they have faced, their motivations and at the end of the interview they answer the question everyone is desperate to know – what do they wear whilst writing their literary masterpiece?

This week I am on cloud nine as one of my favourite romantic comedy authors is sat in my red chair – Lacey London!  Now, if like me, you are a huge fan of Bridget Jones you will LOVE Lacey’s hugely popular Clara Andrews series. I have never chuckled as much as I did when I read the Clara Andrews series. Her characters are so easy to relate to and likeable.

So, please welcome Lacey London! 

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The 5 Stages of ‘I Have Got To Keep Going!’ #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


There are some creative projects which bring you to your knees, force you to question your motives, present you with obstacles and make you want to run away.

I am trying to tell myself that these are special projects and perhaps I should view them as gifts….that keep on giving! Sigh!

There are 5 stages of progressing through your creative suffering and reaching the magical moment where you whisper to yourself “I have got to keep going!”

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How My Writer’s Block Was Cured By A Life Affirming Moment #MondayBlogs #Writer


If you read my post about writers needing to learn how to heal themselves from creative pain, you will know that I recently experienced an awful strain of Writer’s Block. For weeks I was hard work; I wore a glum face, I stopped working on my second draft, I questioned my creative abilities, I did a lot of moaning and every time I sat down to write I froze.

Then something really odd happened to me. I had a weird moment – which CURED my Writer’s Block – gasp!  It has taken me a few weeks to work up the guts to tell you all about this thing that happened to me.

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Author Interviews – Siân Evans #QueenBees #SianEvans #Author


Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.

Every Saturday, here on my blog, I get to interview an amazing and inspirational author over a virtual cup of tea and a virtual biscuit. The author tells me all about their literary journey, the obstacles they have overcome whilst writing their books and their literary motivations. These interviews give me a fascinating glimpse into the writing life of an author and they also give me some valuable writing learnings and tips.

This week I am bubbling with literary excitement because one of my mother’s favourite authors is sat in my red chair. When I informed my mother that I had managed to persuade Siân Evans, author and cultural historian, to be interviewed on my blog,  I had to hold the phone away from my ear. Sigh!


Siân’s latest book Queen Bees, is a story about six extraordinary hostesses who shaped British society in the inter-war years.  This book was devoured by my mother and thoroughly enjoyed by my daughter’s Godmother (who helped me get in touch with Siân). Any author who manages to please these two tough readers is amazing in my eyes.

Queen Bees has received dazzling book review headlines like:





This book is now on my ‘To Be Read’ reading pile and I can’t wait to delve into a world of posh tiaras, glittering social events and society hostesses.

So please welcome Siân Evans! 

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