All posts filed under: Writing

Investing in the future; upgrading the blog

If you want to be taken seriously as an author, you have to invest in a decent website. This is what I told myself as I clicked ‘purchase’ on a £70 yearly subscription to upgrade my hosting. Yeah, £70 ain’t a bad price, but as someone who has yet to earn a penny from her writing, it’s a statement. A commitment. It’s £70. I neglected my blog for about a year. It just wasn’t pleasing me. I was no longer satisfied with just a blog. I wanted a website. I wanted it to look swish and aesthetically fabulous; a site I could be proud of, the face of my ‘business’. I tried multiple times to make the best of the free WordPress themes; I cannot tell you how many hours I spent wrestling with its appearance. Nothing was good enough. Nothing made me happy. Still, I didn’t upgrade. A custom domain name and access to themes beyond my wildest dreams, all available for me to code devoutly and make entirely my own. All within my …

How A Novel Is Edited

Step 1: Sit down at desk. You spent £150 on this desk and assembled it yourself. You bloody well should use it productively. Step 2: A clean work space is a productive work space. Tidy away clutter and select a scented candle for today’s activities. Meticulously groom your writing playlist on iTunes while you’re at it. Step 3: You’ve forgotten your cup of tea. Make one. Debate for 2 mins whether or not to bring biscuits back with you too. Step 4: Document your hilarious lack of progress so far on Twitter. #amwriting / #amediting Step 5: Open up your manuscript. Feel guilty about how long it’s been since you’ve looked at it. It may be a .doc file but you feel compelled to literally blow the dust and cobwebs off it. Step 6: Tell Twitter this. #amwriting / #amediting