Who do you know?

It's sometimes who you know...

It’s sometimes who you know…

Research is always fun, at least it is for me. I enjoy learning about new things, and have been known to spend so much time on my research, I never get around to actually writing anything!

Recently, I was researching something for a book, and while I have found a lot of information online and in the library, nothing beat sitting down with an expert and picking their brains. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Using Pinterest to help with your writing

Friday Five – Using Pinterest to help with your writing

Friday Five – Using Pinterest to help with your writing

At teen writers yesterday, we discussed ways that social media can help you with your writing.  For many writers, it can be used to help with promoting your books, networking, and time wasting, but it can also be used to help you with your writing.

Pinterest was one of the sites we discussed. Here are five ways that Pinterest can help you with your writing, but be warned, set yourself a time limit as pinning can be a huge time sucker! [Read more…]

5 ways that writing is like playing with LEGO

Friday Five – Why Writing is like playing with LEGO

Friday Five – Why Writing is like playing with LEGO

This week, I welcome Debra Tidball to Friday Five to share some writing tips.

5 ways that writing is like playing with LEGO

(or everything I know about writing I learned from LEGO)

I like to think of writing as play – playing with words and ideas to create something that excites readers to think differently.  As writers, we often have the idea that writing is work, and we feel angst when it isn’t going how we would like. If we think of writing as play it removes it from the realm of chore into pleasure. It’s an analogy I use when talking with kids in schools – and in these days of writing on computers, it’s an easy concept for kids to visualise words, sentences and paragraphs as blocks to delete, cut and paste etc, – just like re-arranging LEGO bricks. Both forms of play are imaginative, whether you build buildings or stories – you have an idea in your head that you want to represent in a concrete form, and you manipulate elements (bricks or words) to do it. It’s fun – bringing form to the formless – in one case from a puddle of blocks on the floor, and in the other from fragments of ideas floating around inside your head. So what are 5 ways writing is like playing with LEGO? [Read more…]

Friday Five – Guest blog posts

Friday Five – Tips for guest blog posts

Friday Five – Tips for guest blog posts

I mentioned in last weeks Friday Five that I was inviting some of my writing buddies to contribute their tips (the first one will start next week). I’ve hosted guest posts here a few times as well as contribute as a guest blogger to a few blogs, both as a regular contributor and as an occasional one, taking up opportunities when I find them.

Submitting a guest post on a blog is a great way to grow your profile and promote your books. Here are five tips on what to do if you are submitting a guest blog post: [Read more…]

Chocolate as a writing prompt

Chocolate as a writing prompt

Chocolate as a writing prompt

Today marked the start of the Teen Writers group at my local library. I wanted something cool to start the year off – so I picked up a box of chocolates. Other than the fact that most teenagers like chocolate, there was a method to my madness.

A box of chocolates can be a great tool in your writing – and not just for snacking on! They also make great writing prompts.

I chose a box of Cadbury Favourites. Quite apart from the fact they were on special, the chocolates inside had names such as Dream, Picnic, Boost and Flake. [Read more…]

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