Oh writers, what’s with all the judgement? And where is all the tolerance?? This week saw the anonymous letter from a ‘failed novelist’ in The Guardian in which (what we assume) a female writer described her experience of trying to get published. Years of work and emotional investment wasted, I finally gave up, to save my sanity.… Continue reading The Failed Novelist
Originally published on Swirl and Thread as part of #IrishWritersWed “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Westward Ho – Samuel Beckett Full disclosure: I’ve never even read Beckett. However I am a sucker for inspirational quotes (if only I could remember them!). I immediately pinned this one, in the hope… Continue reading Fail Better
My previous post about reviews (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) was all about garnering reviews without annoying people or driving yourself crazy. However, I think this subject deserves a sequel, because asking for something and getting it are two entirely different things. I recently received a 1 star review on Amazon which read… Continue reading Reviews – The Sequel
Following on from my piece about Book Snobs, I’ve decided to wade into the murky pool that is ‘Genre’. Genre is what keeps us innocent readers from picking up the wrong kind of book by accident (God forbid), but do we really trust the ‘genre police’ to get it right? Some genres… Continue reading The Wacky World Of Genres
There’s something about the start of a new year that always induces a collective existential crisis. We’ve all been allowed to indulge ourselves for about a nanosecond, and now it’s time to overhaul our creaking ship of a life and become better people. TODAY! At this very moment, people are being mowed down by MAMIL’s… Continue reading Every Day Is January 1st
In this episode of 20 questions, I’m delighted to introduce the ‘powerhouse’ that is Lorna Sixsmith (a name that, according to my friend Google, is derived from her occupation as a shoe-smith! Is there anything this woman can’t do?!). Lorna has combined her two passions – farming and writing, to create a series of books… Continue reading 20 Questions ~ Chapter 4
Why do we do it? Is it because, as the saying goes, everyone has a book in them? While that may be true, getting that book to come out is really where all the trouble starts. Writing is an absolute slog. Apparently, only 3% of those who set out to write a novel actually… Continue reading Why Do Writers Write?