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Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer www.sandramadeira.com
Sandra Madeira has written 389 posts for My Writing Notebook

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. A Thought Provoking Book by Charlie Mackesy. Beautifully Written and Carefully illustrated

As this book suggests, it is for readers of all ages. I’m 51 and I thoroughly enjoyed it; however, it could easily be read to children. I’d absolutely be reading this to my girls at bedtime if they weren’t teenagers now. Might even suggest it this week and see if they are up for it … Continue reading

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse… Has Just Arrived

This keeps popping up on Facebook as a really good book to… have in your life read from time to time share with friends and family. Miranda Hart also recommended it recently in one of her daily ‘chatty rambles’. When I ordered it a few days ago it was out of stock… and then I … Continue reading

Is It So Wrong To Like Being At Home More?

We are a family that naturally stay in anyway. We enjoy a combination of our own and each other’s company. And due to our busy jobs and school life, tend to enjoy being in the comfort of our own walls at the weekend. Our week days are now the same as our weekends, not I … Continue reading

Decluttering Daily Leads To Writing Daily

On New Year’s Day 2020, I decided to start a challenge on my other blog to declutter or introduce a mini system around the house every day in order to reduce the amount of stuff and provide more clear space. Yesterday whilst I was writing my thirteenth post, I thought about how happy I was … Continue reading

Decluttering inspires me to write again

I used to use my train journey to write until I moved jobs 5 plus year ago I used to write in my journal at bedtime until I got too tired I used to write in moleskin notebooks until I forgot where I put them I used to type on my laptop until it stopped … Continue reading

To do vs. to-do

Is it to-do or to do? This is something I always have to look up when I’m typing or writing it, so I thought I’d add a reminder here in my blog. My tip is: If it’s used as an adjective, before a noun, it’s hyphenated, as in ‘to-do list’. If it’s used as a noun, … Continue reading

Inbox vs. in box

I’m just going through what I believe to be the final edit of my book Juggling Life, Kids & You and I’m stuck on the word inbox. I have 4 instances of ‘inbox’ and 20 of ‘in box’. Which is the correct one? On turning to Google, I cannot find anyone that has written in box … Continue reading

Rewriting and adding content

I’m shocked that I’ve not posted on this site for almost eleven months, but I’m now back!  My excuse is that I was working on my non-fiction book Juggling Life, Kids & You which I am pleased to say is with the copy-editor and due back any day now.   Reflections on the rewrite When I said … Continue reading

Any tips on editing?

One of the challenges I am having with my non-fiction book Juggling Life, Kids & You is that I keep on editing it and editing it and editing it. Will I ever be able to stop? I open the file daily now and re-read the last paragraph that I edited the day before, and change … Continue reading

Taking a fresh look at your writing routine

Sometimes it’s difficult to get your head around a new routine especially where your regular writing time slots have changed or disappeared completely; however, as with any change, it allows you to have a fresh look at things.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding on a new routine: What is the … Continue reading

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