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Writing prompts

Hi Everyone Ever felt stuck in a rut when it comes to your writing? Perhaps it’s time to switch things up. Lately my writer’s group and I have experimented with different writing prompts as a way to challenge ourselves and find new ways to be creative. You might find these prompts useful at getting youContinue reading “Writing prompts”


Hi Everyone I’ve been in a bit of a post-publication slump lately. Don’t get me wrong, finishing my novel, including editing, publication and post-publication promotion was an energy intensive, but exciting and ultimately rewarding process. I’ve also written some smaller pieces since the beginning of the year as well as trying to finish off aContinue reading “Re-energising”

Scene Breakdown

Hi Everyone How do you write a book? Today I’ll be talking you through the highly convoluted (and not necessarily recommended) writing process I went through to complete my debut novel ‘The Sentinel’. I’ve blogged about the process before (here and here) and today I’ll go into more detail. One of the tips I learntContinue reading “Scene Breakdown”

Writing the landscape

Hi Everyone In my debut novel, ‘The Sentinel’, I have a large array of characters. There is Kathleen Devine, the main character, whose decision to take up the Head Teacher’s position at ‘The Sentinel’ lightstation begins the story. There is the Head Lightkeeper and his wife, and the two Assistant Keepers and their families (withContinue reading “Writing the landscape”

Book clubs

Hi Everyone, Are you a member of a book club? I joined a book club just over a year ago and it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve read authors such as Marcus Clay, Alka Joshi, Tara June Winch and Amor Towles amongst others. Most times we discuss pre-set book club questions or make upContinue reading “Book clubs”

Why Write?

Hi Everyone, Have you seen the film that’s currently streaming on SBS Demand called ‘The Ideal Palace’? It’s a very moving film about loss but also, unbelievable creativity and amazing determination. It’s the true story of Ferdinand Cheval, a humble postman from Hauterives in France, who walked 35 kilometres 5 days a week for overContinue reading “Why Write?”

Sneak Peek

Which genre do you love to write in? Hi everyone, I’m curious if you’re a writer who sticks to one genre or someone who likes to dabble in multiple forms? I’m guilty of the latter. I say ‘guilty’ because I’m not sure that spreading myself over one, two, even three genres is a good thingContinue reading “Sneak Peek”


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