Muse Media: Time and Louise Erdrich

 #Muse Media #Muse Media is a series of short posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors.   *  “Time is the water in which we live, […]

Receiving a Sunshine Award for Blogging

Quite out of the blue last week, I had an email from the writer and fellow blogger  Hemmie Martin,  to tell me she had awarded me the Sunshine Award . Thank you so much Hemmie – what a thrill and an honor! Hemmie is an author of Contemporary Women’s fiction, published by Winter Goose Publishing. The Divine Pumpkin is available, and […]

The Next Big Thing week 15: Interview with an Author

The Next Big Thing is an author’s Work In Progress project  from SheWrites. When I read Jeri Walker-Bickett’s  blog last week,  I immediately thought what fantastic questions for any author to ask themselves. So I was thrilled that afternoon, when Jeri emailed, and invited me to participate. A Big Thank You to Jeri. What is the working […]

5 Reasons to Focus on the Visual Content of Pinterest

If you think those who focus on the visual content of Pinterest are only fashionistas and cuddly kitten lovers, think again. The visual media platform has become so broad in its content and appeal there is literally something for all interests. But I don’t get it… I admit I was a doubter when I was first invited […]

Writing #Location as #Character

  In many works of fiction, location is so vital to the heart of the book, it’s essentially another ‘character’. This doesn’t apply to all novels, but in others the author  creates a location, just like a character, that’s incredibly memorable whether real or imaginary. To me this is part of the beauty of reading […]

#Dorothy Parker On Fiction

    In researching the 1950’s for my novel ‘Under the Bed’ , Dorothy Parker’s name came up as one of the Hollywood writers black-listed. It is also 45 years ago this week since her death.Dorothy Parker was renowned for her wit, being a keen critic, her poetry, short stories, plays and her left wing politics. When […]

What is Your #Point of View?

I went onto the Sussex Downs at the weekend and was in awe of the beautiful rolling hills punctuated by the brilliant yellow of the rape fields in bloom. I mentioned to a friend how beautiful they were and his response was tempered by the fact he was allergic to them. We had a different […]

#Authors – An Infinite Writer’s Resource

Writers are always looking for resources, whether it’s for technique, style, how to get published, or ideas for a story. The single best resource is using other authors as a reference for better ways of working. During my Creative Writing Certificate course at Sussex University, we spent one semester on  ‘Special Author’.  We each chose […]

Radio Echo – What’s in a Name?

I’ve changed the name of my first novel to Radio Echo. What’s in a name? Depending on what it is  – everything.  For a person, it’s either a moniker they’re stuck with and hate their entire life, or probably for most of us it’s one we’re ok with, maybe we play around with abbreviations, nicknames, but settle for […]

Savouring Taste Treats: Using the Senses in Writing

Senses evoke such different responses in everyone, so it was fantastic to get feedback from people about their experiences, from last week’s blog, ‘Music Evoking Memories’. Thank you. When we try to describe a situation we might have encountered to someone else,  we often simply talk about what we saw, or maybe what was said. But for an […]