How I Wrote My First Book and What I Learnt on the Journey

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.

How To Write Your First Novel

Factors to consider when sitting down to write your first novel.  When I was very young, I was lucky enough to have a school visit from Michael Rosen. He said something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. To be able to write fiction of any type you need to imagine the story in your head like a movie and then write what you see. It was the first time I realised, that I could write a novel. I could see the characters and action in stories as clear as if I was watching it on a TV screen.

Scrivener – The Only Writing App I Need

When I started on my journey, to be published, I discovered a package called Scrivener. This is not a sponsored post, I get nothing from recommending Scrivener. I recommend it because it has been the single program which has launched my writing career. Many blogs talk about Scrivener and how it takes the stress out of organisation your writing. I have to agree. The package is not cheap, so it was a bit of a commitment for me to pay out the money. Occasionally, the company will offer free trials, I went straight into purchasing it.

Why I Build a Writing Community Not an Email List

Many authors say email lists are essential to promote their writing, I disagree. There was a large number of writers on Medium, promoting the use of email subscriptions. I tried to start two separate email subscription lists and failed both times. I say failed I got 5 subscribers. I devoured all the posts on how … Continue reading Why I Build a Writing Community Not an Email List

5 Writing Lessons From Authors Who Have Disappointed Me

Writing lessons all authors should remember. I am an avid reader. No surprise there I have written many articles on reading. I also edit my own book review publication on Medium. Throughout my reading career, I have had many favourite authors. The ones that have fallen out of favour, I mean no disrespect to. It may … Continue reading 5 Writing Lessons From Authors Who Have Disappointed Me