My Mentoring Program What I offer within my mentoring program is the following: Weekly writing prompts and challenges. Advice and help on structuring posts or novels Advice and help on growing your social media following. Someone to bounce ideas back and forth with. Access to all my posts on writing tips A dedicated email address where you can email me directly if you have a question or need advice Monthly goal setting with help to achieve these goals.
5 things I love about the writing community and 5 things that drive me to distraction Since starting writing on Medium, a year ago, I have met some amazing people. The support I have received from everyone is amazing. None more so than my Facebook group — Blogging & Medium Support. As I continue on my journey, I have also recognised some negatives as well as positives.
The inspiration behind The Detective Two and how this became a published book. When I was eight years old, the amazing Michael Rosen came to our school. He spoke about his new book and read to us. He also said something that stayed with me. Good writers see books in their heads like movies. Great writers can then transfer these movies to paper. I might be paraphrasing, it was 35 years ago, but the idea is the same. At first, when these words hit my eight-year-old brain, I was relieved. I had been going to bed every night with a group of imaginary friends, living out a soap opera in my head. Thank god there were other people that this happened too. Then I remember thinking I could write a book, this movie in my head could be a book.
At 3 am Sunday morning, I was woken to my 22-month-old daughter in a very distressed state. She was shivering so bad, she could not stop. On arrival of the ambulance, she started to go into a seizure. Three seizures later we were told her temperature was 41.9. “Wow,” the nurse said. “The highest I have ever seen.” It was an award I never wanted. The brilliant staff at the hospital not only saved her life but also put her back together in three days. Although now there are signs she is still poorly, she has bounced back to almost her normal cheeky self. I’m Quitting Writing
Rose was again drawn to the window as the flash lit up the street. She gasped in horror, who was that she had seen standing in the room with Joe and Gina. Behind them in the shadows. No, she had imagined it. There was no one there.
Measure your success in a different way I mean no disrespect to any of my fellow writers who are proud of Top Writer status in Medium. In fact, I will celebrate your successes alongside you. For me, it has never been something I measure success on. There are plenty of other parts to Medium I am obsessed with - claps, reads, curation. My mental health is thankful that Top Writer isn’t one of my obsessions.
It’s dark I feel around me and can’t find it. Where has it gone, why has it left me alone? I’m going to cry I have been left with nothing. Everything I held dear, has left me. Left me alone to stumble around in this dark cage. The fear rises in my chest. I can’t … Continue reading The Dark – Microfiction
Twitter Once my favourite social media platform, the attraction is dwindling. There is a culture of people following for a follow back and then unfollow. This lack of genuine interaction has ruined my experience recently.