Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy new year and great year to come, with lots of published work! Remember that nothing comes to those who give up, you have to keep sending in good quality work to eventually get published. It sounds like a silly thing to remind you of but it's a uphill climb to be published in a new place and every encouragement is well needed. I believe in you! Keep following your dreams!

Merry Christmas!

This and next week I'm taking a well deserved break from blogging and writing, to celebrate the holidays with my family. But, of course I want to stop by briefly to wish you good tidings! I hope that you will have a great holiday and keep following your dreams!

Keep track of what you send

I've been battling illnesses lately therefore it's taken me considerably longer to finish my short story for Woman's Weekly. Today it's finally finished and I'm looking forward to hearing back from them. Can't wait! Still waiting to hear back from People's Friend on a short story I sent to them. As it can take a while to hear back from the magazine that you send stories and articles to, I recommend that you use an Excel document to keep track of what you send in, to whom and when. It can also be a good idea to write down how you sent it in: through post or e-mail and to which specific address or person you addressed it to. Try to be as specific as possible, you'll thank yourself for it later

Your writing nook

Lately, on Twitter, there has been a considerable ordeal regarding JK Rowling's writing space, and it's ridiculous because as writers we need somewhere to write. It doesn't matter if it's a studio or the kitchen table (which was my go-to place before we moved into our house and I got my dream library. It's an office actually, but it has 1000 books in it). It doesn't matter where you write, your preferences or what resources you got: make do with what you got. You don't even need to write from home if it suits you better. You can visit your local library, coffee shop or friend's house. I've spent many writing hours outside my home, together with a friend or on my own. I'm not going to go much

Save everything you write

Last week I started on a short story which I got the idea for from an old essay that I wrote for English class. I store it all in magazine files, and it's become quite a few cutouts and texts over the years. Save everything you write and whenever you need a new idea, revisit your file and be inspired! If you hate everything you write, try to overcome it but why not save what other people have written and be influenced by them? Keep following your dreams!

Scrap filing

Have you ever ended up feeling at loss of what to write and on how to write it? There is a simple solution to your problems: scrap filing. Gather all the magazines that you like to write for and start cutting out each article that you like. Glue them onto a piece of paper, store them in a box or store your cut outs in a magazine folder. If you're a author you can instead copy sentences that you like into a note book. Needless to say, you should never copy someones' work but there's nothing wrong with being influenced by and stealing a few ideas. After all, we need to read far and wide to be able to develope our writing skills. Remember though that the current magazine won't feature anything

Sociala media, how to

The biggest trick to succeed with social media is to give your readers/viewers something that they want, without expecting something in return. Imagine what needs they may have and give it to them. It can mean that you're good at for example photographing and are telling them how to take great pictures. Keep a theme on your social media and only give them what they want to know more about. This is very important, but sadly many forget about this, and that is to write back to everyone who writes to you. If you have a thousand comments every day, this may not be possible but do try to comment on as many people as you can. Pick people at random when you reply but make sure you answer people in

Post-it notes

We've all seen the little notes but how can we use them to our advantage when we write? 1. Use Post-it notes to write down your positive affirmations and mottos, such as "I can have everything I want when I'm patient", "I am a published author", or "The world doesn't reward perfection. It rewards productivity. So stop worrying about being perfect and get the car moving!" Keep the notes in front of you where you're writing, stick them on your computer or your notepad. Fridge and bathroom mirror works just as well. The importance is that you can see the notes often every day. 2. Keep one post-it note for every type of task that you need to do. For example, allocate one for Twitter, another for

The Beginning of the Day

Currently writing on a new short story for Woman's Weekly called The Beginning of the Day. The story is about a woman who is in search of a husband and it's filled with wit and romance. If you would like to know how to write for Woman's Weekly, please check out their guidelines here: Woman's Weekly's guidelines.

Blogging: A way to success

Many people don't understand the point of blogging and can't see the great things it can do for our businesses. As an author it's a great idea to blog, especially if you have it attached to your upcoming book and webpage. So what does it do? If you update your blog regularly it's going to increase your hit rate on search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. In short it means that people can find you easily when they search for you. The more you post, the higher you will climb the ladder and drive traffic to your book. Just make sure that you have a theme on your blog and keep posting good content!

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