Sharon Bolton, Dead Woman Walking – A Book Review

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This was an interesting and altogether curious read. Although I have heard of the author Sharon Bolton for sometime this is the first book I have read.

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The Writing Process

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So you have decided there is only one thing for it. Maybe you have tried other jobs like working in an office, working in the local supermarket, cleaning toilets, driving a bus. None of these jobs do much for you except use up most of your time and the pay is not going to make you rich!

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Reflections

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Not so long ago there was this woman…

Okay, before we go any further this woman is me! Yes, I was thinking about my life many years ago when I was in my twenties, partying with my many, many friends, living a somewhat carefree life. Well, fast forward an undisclosed number of years and the picture is quite a different one…

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How to Become a Better Creative Writer

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Did I tell you that I am a perfectionist by nature? Well I am.  It’s not enough for me to just want to write. It is my wish to write well, and to get better and better…

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Stuart MacBride: Cold Granite – A Book Review

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I have just finished reading Cold Granite, a novel by the Scottish writer Stuart MacBride.  You know the sort of scenario for us writer types. You have just finished reading one book and are looking for your next great read…

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12 Things That Mean You Will Never Get Published!

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Here is a list of 12 things that will guarantee you’ll never get published!

  1. Pick your nose as you gaze out of the window, when you should be writing!
  2. Fall asleep over your keyboard!
  3. Be the owner of one book!
  4. Write rarely or rarer than that!
  5. Write only when inspired!
  6. Do absolutely no research for your creative writing project!
  7. Spend all your time on social media instead of writing!
  8. Watching a lot of TV!
  9. Hoping your pet cat or dog can write that book for you!
  10. Never sending anything out to publishers and agents!
  11. Spend your weekends partying (in the name of research), but get no writing done later!
  12. Sleep with your manuscript under your pillow, expecting it to be done and  dusted by the morning…

So there you have it! If you do any of the above, please, please under no circumstances give up the day job, if you have one in the first place, that is…!!!

Good Luck (you’re going to need it)!

Ps: On the other hand, I might see you at your book signing!

Until next time,

Happy Writing, S

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Writing and Depression

Depression. I don’t like the word much even though I know this is me… a lot of the time! WRITERS and DEPRESSION may or may not be a cliche, but it is true for a lot of writers and other artistic people. I see it almost as a ‘rite of passage’.

Feeling ‘blue’ could be necessary in order to create and ‘feel’ at a much deeper level. Maybe without it you would not be as artistic, original or even funny. Who knows! What I do know though is, without a creative outlet, there would be nothing… Great post.

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Depression and writing is a topic I’ve been sort-of simultaneously hesitant and motivated to discuss. My friends and family are affected by depression, and its something I come into contact with through work more often than not. And I think the topic is something most if not all people have some familiarity with one way or another.

It’s also a common thread and discussion point online, people asking about the relationships between writing and depression (and anxiety) how to write on despite the black dog, questioning whether anti-depressants will curb creativity and so on. The hesitation I mentioned above stems from wanting to discuss, but also being a little uncertain about whether I can address anything on such a complex and nuanced topic.

Well, here we go. Please note that nothing here is intended as professional advice, it is intended to be legitimate and helpful, however a blog post simply…

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