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Ask a Writer: 50 Questions

1 : What age-group do you write?
Current projects are young adult/new adult age group (12-25), though I also write for general adult audience. It depends on the project.

2 : What genre do you write?
Fiction, predominantly. Less frequently, creative nonfiction. Genres within those can be any mix of romance, drama, LGBT+, magical realism, fantasy, historical fiction, crime fiction.

3 : Do you outline according to big ideas or small details?
I think every story has a “big idea” framework, but it’s the small details which build upon it and I focus more on when outlining. Continue reading “Ask a Writer: 50 Questions”

blog 25--2-18

The Day That Changed My Life

We face life-changing events and challenges in our lives time and again. Those moments that shape us, and signpost directions on the map of life when we stumble upon crossroads with no bloody clue what way we should go. That’s being human and memories are our receipts, our proof of purchase – we’re doing it, flying blind, in a unique way to every other soul in the universe! How the hell are we really supposed to know how to do it until we just do? Continue reading “The Day That Changed My Life”

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HELP NEEDED: Carers or Nurses of People with Dementia

I’m writing a short story of a character near and dear to my heart who is trying to adapt to the news his grandmother has dementia. I’d love if any carers or nurses who have interacted with people with dementia could offer some of their experiences with their patients/loved one.

I want to dig deep into the impact of the illness on a younger person, so anything would be greatly appreciated. Personal or professional insights would be amazing. More in-depth or even just small grabs of info all welcome. No direct personal info or identifying features will be reproduced in my story. I’m just aiming to give an accurate a picture of his grandmother as possible.

If you don’t want to reply here, please feel free to drop me a line via my website’s CONTACT page.

Please share if you also know anyone who may be able to help.

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#startingwrite

#startingwrite is a hashtag event on Twitter for writers. Instead of posting an answer a day, Because I have some writing to do this weekend to a deadline, I decided that instead of a general blog post this week, I’d answer all the #startingwrite questions in a blog post instead. So, here goes!

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blog 19 jan 18

“So, What’s Your Novel About?”

People often ask me what my novel is about when they know I’m writing one. I never know what to say because it’s difficult to take a whole crazy beautiful mess in my head of character-building, world-building, plotting and imagery to break it down into a nutshell. So, here is what I usually fall back on: “It’s about two teen guys who are in a secret relationship, and one of them dies texting while driving”. That is exactly where this chaotic mess that is my novel brain began, with a simple notion of a teen dying because of how dangerous texting and driving is. But a nutshell never does a story justice.

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2018: The Year of the Book

Looking at my previous blog post, it’s been a year since I was actively hands-on with my writer’s platform. 2017 proved to be a challenging year with health and other stressors that I knew would take strength and resilience to remain positive through. As far back as February 2017, I had to “unofficially” put down my tools and take a breather from my planned writing goals. I say unofficially because in stepping away from pursuing publication or higher degree education for 12 months, I actually got a hell of a lot of draft novel writing done participating in NaNoWriMo and both Camp NaNoWriMo sessions in 2017.

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