Why Follow, Unfollow Should Not Be Your Strategy

It is dishonest and gets you nowhere. Why do you follow people on Medium? Is it so they follow you back? Is it because you like their work? Is it because they are your friend. On all social media, I follow for three main reasons. I like the writer’s voice. I enjoy their work and gain insight from reading their views. They have reached out to me and I value them as a friend. Not all, have I met in person, but still, I value their involvement in my life. I’m looking to build a community and interact with like-minded people. This works on other social media. I don’t use it on Medium. I never follow, unfollow.

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. https://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2017/may/inside-roald-dahls-writing-hut 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 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.