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. 

How To Grow Your Writing With a Mentor

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.

A Beginners Guide to Medium & Writing

I appreciate I talk in my writing a lot about Medium.  What is Medium and how can you use it in your writing. Medium is a platform where you can feature your writing for others to read.  It is also a social platform where you can meet like-minded people and genuinely support each other.  I started writing on Medium in March 2018 and since then my writing career has taken off. The thing that really annoys me is I can't remember how I found about Medium.  I started as a reader devouring all the content I could.  I then became brave and started publishing on there. So Here Is A Basic Guide To Medium For All Aspiring Writers.

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.

My Top 10 Wins for January

I was tagged on this post on Medium so I thought it would be fun to share it with you guys. The biggest New Years Resolution I made was to keep better track of my goals. Somehow it helps to accomplish your goals if you remember what they were. This tag was at the right time to sit down and see where I am with my goals. You can see a full list of my goals here

The Hammer – A True Story

If this hammer could talk, what a tale it would tell. As I look down at its strong wooden handle and metal head I hear its voice. I catch my reflection in the shiny metal and see the woman I have become. The handle is smooth. Rubbed down with the hand that has gripped it firm. Dirt shows around the edge. The part of the handle held, still shiny and sleek. The dirt rubbed away with the heavy work that has been carried out with its help.

I Lost One Follower — Here Is What I Learnt

Having set the challenge to increase my followers by 1000. I have become obsessed with checking my stats. Today I noticed that in two hours I had lost one follower. Just one follower, but to me this one follower became the most important person to my blog. Before you all worry about the level of my sanity I went from 941 to 940 it was very noticeable. If only I could ask that 1 follower why they had unfollowed? What post made them unfollow?