Category: Writing

THE FINAL PUSH TO GETTING PUBLISHED

Writing is not for the faint-hearted. The hardest part for all us aspiring writers is maintaining the motivation and drive to, as a fellow writers group member so succinctly put it… push you over the line.’

We need to keep the faith in our ability as writers and drive ourselves from final draft stage to getting published.

The Critic

I haven’t quite written myself off yet… 😏  pardon the pun… THE CRITIC © Tessa Barrie  My dear … the trouble is it lacks imagination There is absolutely no originality or guile You say it’s taken you half your lifetime To cultivate your method and your style   […]

Facebook Is Playing Hide And Seek — A.D. Wayne

A heads up to all my Indie friends on how Facebook is likely to affect us all in the future, especially if you have Author pages. Written by fellow WordPress Blogger, Alexa Wayne, this is a must-read. The battle started, but it’s far from over. Other platforms want […]

OUTTAKES: JUST SAY IT

I’ve been having one final, brutal, word cull of the final draft.

This is one of the scenes I’ve cut when my MC realises her life is stagnating and I would like to share it with you.

WORDPRESS BLOGGER INTERVIEW: RAJANI SHARMA

Over the last few years, I have benefited enormously from the support and encouragement from fellow writers. One such person is fiction writer Rajani Sharma, from Bhilai in Central India. Her own writing journey started during her teenage years when she kept a journal. Now married with two children, her passion and energy for writing should be an inspiration to us all.

James Sillwood: Author and Founder of the Jersey Writers Social Group

In October 2019, the Jersey Writers Social Group will celebrate its second birthday. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to chat with author James Sillwood who is the founder of the Jersey Writers Social Group, to find out a bit more about his writing journey, as well as the recently published anthology of work by the Jersey Writers Social Group.

JERSEY WRITERS SOCIAL GROUP: AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ABIGAIL SUMMER

Extract from a frank and honest interview with Jersey Writers Social Group Member, Abigail Summer.

TESSA:  What was the hardest part of writing this book?

ABIGAIL: I wasn’t prepared for the emotional turmoil. Many of the things that Colette endured were my own experiences. Two scenes were particularly hard to write. The first is when Colin opens up to Leanne about his childhood; at an early age, he couldn’t understand why he was dressed as a boy when he identified as a girl. The bullying at school, and the loneliness of his early teenage years.

And… Three Title Changes Later…

Just shy of 4 years and 3 title changes… I’m getting there. #iamwriting

EDITED OUT: Time to Call it a Day

I have no regrets, I have written and finished my first novel.  It is not War and Peace, it was never written with the intention of it becoming a literary masterpiece. It’s about life, love and finding out who you are.  It is a story that evolved over a four year period,  but as I begin my next project I am starting with a clearer idea about where and what my characters are going to be doing with their lives.

Getting Into the Competitive Spirit

Writing is such a solitary process and when the muse bites, it becomes an all-consuming passion, an unstoppable urge that often keeps us up… pounding the keyboard throughout the night.

WHERE TO BEGIN: Finding the Right Place to Start

Whilst pondering over the various places I could set my pressure sensitive starting blocks to ensure potential readers are off to a flying start when I introduce my MC,  I wish I had read Anne R. Allen’s post 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing, before finding out my story was starting in the wrong place!

CRITIQUES: Taking Them on the Chin

As agonising as critiques can be, they are a vital part of our development as writers.  If we don’t take feedback on the chin, we will never learn to master the craft.

PUNCTUATION: The Importance of Getting it Right!

It is time for me to get a grip because, as I’m beginning to discover, there is a very fine line between, rejection or acceptance.  It’s time to get my ducks in a row and my punctuation in the right place – Exclamation Mark.

JERSEY WRITERS SOCIAL GROUP: Juanita Shield-Laignel

It’s Easter Saturday and I’m on a roll. I would like to introduce you to another of my Jersey Writer’s Group members, Juanita Shield-Laignel, features writer and editor for The Jersey Life.

JERSEY WRITERS SOCIAL GROUP: Dreena Collins

I am fortunate enough to be a member of the Jersey Writer’s Social Group. We meet once a week to toss ideas around and get friendly feedback from other members on our own writing. We all share a love of writing and there is nothing quite like hanging out with like-minded people. We also share the same ambition, to see our work in print. Some of our members have already been published and Dreena Collins is one of them.

WRITING YOUR FIRST NOVEL: Is a Labour of Love

I have spent the last few days rewriting the synopsis for my current work-in-progress. Like with everything else involved in writing a novel,  the deeper you go the harder it gets. Three and a half years ago, although not for the best of reasons, I found myself in the […]

HOOKING YOUR READER

It is becoming clear that writing a cracking opening chapter is something I have yet to master. You have to engage your reader during the first three pages of your novel. Your opening chapter needs to be kick-ass and a killer first line is essential. My First Line:  […]

Make Sure Your Fiction is Baked to Perfection

I’m guilty of having had more than one celebration to mark ‘The End’. When I finished the first complete draft…and it was shite…after finishing the first few edits… yes… it’s all very exciting when you finish editing drafts 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and even the 10th…but celebrating all these milestones is premature. I’ve had a very doughy middle for some time because my novel was only half cooked.

VALENTINES DAY OUTTAKE – Allergic to Marriage

He averted her gaze, sucking air in through his teeth. One of his many irritating habits and something he always did when he knew he was in the wrong. He sighed deeply before turning to look at her again, a weak smile rippling across his face as his eyelashes fluttered.

Off the Cutting Room Floor…Outtake from Novel Editing Hell – A Mother’s Obsession

After Lisa turned thirteen, Elizabeth Galsworthy-Grant turned into a one-woman precursor to Tinder.  She became obsessed with finding her daughter a husband, preferably a wealthy one, so she would never have to contemplate that nasty three-letter word job. She could never understand why her efforts were always so unappreciated by her rebellious daughter, with her feminist views and ridiculous mantra…’I don’t need a man to complete me.’

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