future plans

So…I’ve published two ebooks and am trying to keep up with blogging.

I have so many scripts that need development. It’s knowing where to start…and what to do with them once they’re done!

Next week, I’m starting a new series of short ghost stories. I enjoyed writing the first series incredibly.

Writing keeps me sane!

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On the hunt for ghosts…

I’ve decided to write a collection of ghost stories, as I’ve always been intrigued with them since I was a child. I sometimes struggle to find a satisfying ghost story. This maybe partly due to there not being all that many out there. They’ve gone out of fashion but I still love them.

Has anyone got any juicy ghost stories that they can recommend?

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New Notebook

This Christmas, I was given a gorgeous notebook. The gold edged pages are bound in a hard backed, vivid blue and deep pink floral scene. It’s made me want to scribble my stories down rather than type. The new source of inspiration has been encouraging.

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What’s next?

Actually finishing the first draft of a novel is a huge feat. There is a massive sense of accomplishment after all of the hair pulling, aching wrists and caffeine overload. What’s the next step after this achievement?

I don’t know about you, but I like to let the project rest for a little while before I get stuck back into it. There are going to be mistakes, re-writes and re-structuring. It’s best to come back to it with fresh eyes.

I’m still trying to find what’s the best course of action once a decent draft has been written. Is self publishing the answer or is it best to go down the more traditional route of contacting publishers?

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Live Life Before You Write

It can be hard sometimes to find inspiration for a piece. I find that before you write, you need to experience the world. You have to visit places that stir up settings for your stories, meet people that you can turn into characters and go through situations that you can turn into elaborate plots.

When you work for yourself, it’s easy to feel pressure to be ‘doing’ things all of the time. It’s not always valuable to be chained to your computer until you can squeeze a drop of creativity out of yourself. Sometimes, you have to get out there, experience the world, live your life and then let that inspire you to create a piece that you are proud of.

Before you pick up our pen to write, go and live a little first. It will help with your work.

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Pseudonym or no Pseudonym?

I’m wondering whether to write with my real name or use a Pseudonym. I’ve never been one to be in the limelight, not that I’m expecting my work to be an instant hit but I’d like to remain in the shadows.

Writing under a Pseudonym gives me a little bit more confidence because of the anonymity. I also often use my experiences when I write so I’d also be worried about offending anyone.

I think I’ll be using a Pseudonym in my writing. Does anyone else use one & why did you choose to go that way?

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Re-discovering old work

I’ve started to re-vist work that I started years ago and am quite surprised that it’s not as bad as I originally thought! Sometimes, it really helps to take a step back from your work, leave it alone and come back to it when your mind is fresh. That way, you spot any glaring errors and you get to read it from a new viewpoint.

It’s made me want to get to work on some of my old scripts and stories, as well as sparked ideas for new ones. I really recommend digging out those old notes and looking through your hard-drive at pieces that you gave up on. You never know what you might find!

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