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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

Getting a manuscript professionally critiqued

About a month ago I decided that although I was spending a lot of time editing and rewriting sections of my book Juggling Life, Kids and You, I wasn’t sure if I was making any improvements to it.  Not knowing if it was ready for publishing or not, I made a decision to look for a professional critique who would be aware … Continue reading

Note 365 – Thanking blog readers and supporters (1 day to go…)

Writing was something that I used to keep to myself in the form of journals and I have many going back as far as age four.  It’s only in the last three years that I have started sharing what I write with others, and how wonderful it is to receive comments on topics that I thought wouldn’t have been of … Continue reading

Note 363 – What’s your label: Blogger, Writer or Author?

Six months ago I wrote Note 169 – When are you qualified to say ‘I am a writer’?. Since then I have written every day, taken an online freelance writing course, moved a few steps forward with my book, set up a web presence as a freelance writer, and so much more. It has certainly … Continue reading

Note 351 – Writing or social media obsessions

As a writer you may need constant recognition that what you write is being read by others and they like it.  This might involve constantly checking for ‘comments’, ‘likes’ or just checking how many ‘hits’ a post has had every day.  Alternatively you could be waiting for an email, a letter, a competition entry, or just to see if your book idea has been … Continue reading

Note 348 – Accidentally overwriting blog posts

I was horrified that I was able to overwrite last night’s blog post by mistake (from my iPhone) but thankfully it all turned out okay, by taking advantage of the cool feature in WordPress – I apologise in advance if you already know about this. Here are the steps I took to mess things up … Continue reading

Note 345 – Every writer deserves some time off

Being Easter Monday and the last day of my week off, I wanted to have a bit of a lazy morning, so I got up late and then watched the TV – two things I rarely do.  I really enjoyed it, plus it got rid of my headache. I then read a blog titled ‘Amaze … Continue reading

Note 325 – Eight other sources of information for writing tips

Following on from Note 323 – Eight writing books as a source of information and Note 324 – Eight online sources of information + useful tips, I’m going to list eight other sources of information that I might choose to use for my writing tips: Work colleagues.  Now and again I write a blog post based … Continue reading

Note 322 – McKenzie D lumber roll to help you sit correctly

How many of you sit in a chair to type or write and don’t feel like you are sitting correctly? On the very first visit with my chiropractor, he asked me if I had a McKenzie D roll or similar lumbar support. I told him that there was something fitting that description under my desk … Continue reading

Note 316 – Fifty days to go…what’s kept me going

It only seemed like the other day when I mentioned that I had 100 days to go until my writing challenge ends. Now I’m starting the 50 day countdown; after today there will be 50 more posts and then who knows! eBooks, more posts, new challenge – the world is my oyster (wonder where that … Continue reading

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