How to Conquer The Writing Blues 

Revisit your goals and ensure your journey is on track. Everything good comes in three’s. So it appears, do career changing signs. Two weeks ago I had the hump. I was in a terrible mood and my family suffered. Why was simple. I was fed up with all the effort I was making with my writing, for little or no return. Be honest, we have all been there. The Problem.......

The Good & The Bad of the Writing Community

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.

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.

Why You Should Write.

Why have you chosen to write? What led you down the path to being a blogger and writer? Last week, I began pondering why I had chosen to write as my second career. My first career choice is as a Deputy Head Teacher for young people, excluded from school.  The first thing that strikes me is that writing is the extreme opposite of what I do every day.  Writing is a very solitary process.  In contrast, working in a school means I am surrounded by people and voices. Makes for some great material to use in my writing though. I can’t remember when exactly I got the idea I wanted to write a book. It seems to have been an ambition of mine for as long as I can remember. From early teens I wrote a journal, a practice I have continued throughout my life.  I have decided finally to take my writing seriously. Here are the reasons, you should start taking your writing seriously.