How to Edit Effectively and Quickly

The process I follow, when editing my articles. Editing is a difficult part of writing, but an essential one. It is the part of writing I dislike the most. My advice to writers publishing a large piece of work, such as a novel, is to hire a professional. Months of working on one piece of work can do strange things to your mind. Words you read are what you think should be there, not what is there. Hiring a second person helps overcome this. It may cost a little extra, but the gain in the long term with increased sales makes it worth it. I edited my first children’s book and there are mistakes. I should have hired an editor, but funds were tight. For my second novel, I have learnt from my mistakes. I will be hiring an editor. To hire an editor for every post you write, would be slow and expensive. For blogging, we need to rely on our skills.  Once you have written your post, let it sit for a day or two.  Here is my five step process.

Re-ignite Your Passion in Writing with New Beginnings

My new writing space has inspired me to write more. What does your writing space look like? Ronald Dahl wrote in a shed at the bottom of the garden. As much as I enjoy listening to other writer’s journeys, I love nosing in their writing spaces. A New Writing Space As some may know, we are … Continue reading Re-ignite Your Passion in Writing with New Beginnings

How to Control Your Social Media Addiction

Take back control. Did you know that 90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years? Sit for a minute and think about that. It is a frightening statistic. For this amount of data to be produced, what have we sacrificed? Time with our family. Time reading, relaxing and in some cases our mental health. This is how bad social media addiction has become. I have a friend who battles a negative self-image daily. It’s hard for me to understand, she sees fat and ugly. I see a stunning figure and beautiful. Social media compounds this problem.

The Grief At Being Told, You Can’t Have a Family

When I was 34, I found out the chances of me having children was very low. It broke my heart into a million pieces. Throughout my early years, I had a life plan. I worked hard and got the career, I wanted. I was department head for a massive college, by the time I was 30. One of the youngest recorded department heads. I was getting married to someone, I thought, I could spend the rest of my life with. The next step was the children.

The Essential Skills to Read Like a Writer

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. — Dr Seuss Reading is a very personal hobby and one I have enjoyed for many years. Some of my best memories are of accompanying my mum to the library. To this day, there is a constant stream of paperbacks passed back and forward, between us.  Speed is not essential in reading, as long as you are enjoying yourself.  However, like any skill the more you practice it the better you get. 

How India Stole a 23-Year-Olds Heart

India my favourite place on earth. Initially, when asked what my favourite thing in the world, I would always say my daughter. She will always remain my number one. Until her sister is born then she will have to share the top spot. However, there is a place that had such a massive effect on me, that I have to talk about it. This one place changed my outlook to life, completely. If it hadn’t been for this place, I wouldn’t have even had a family. This place is India. When I was 22 I was self-obsessed and a consumer animal. At the time I had a brilliant high paid job and lived at home with my parents. The cash I had to spend every month was four figured. Spend I did. The latest jeans, the newest trainers and the flashiest cars. I bought a pair of ripped jeans once for £200 and there was no material. For my 23rd birthday, my friend said we should do something big. So we booked a holiday to India. Not a sit on the beach holiday, but a holiday to immerse ourselves in the culture.

My Hidden Talent – Tell Us Ten Things About Yourself

Having read my writing, here are ten things you may not know about me. 1) My Main Profession My full-time job is as a Deputy Head of an Independent school. We specialise in students who have behaviour problems. Most have been excluded from mainstream school. The students are a lively bunch and it can be … Continue reading My Hidden Talent – Tell Us Ten Things About Yourself