Tuesday: Course update

I have a kidney infection due to the catheter nurses not changing it last week.

Currently reading the Forbidden Sister: Roxy’s story by VC Andrews. I love her books about fallen women with an air of mystery about them. My favourite series of hers is still flowers in the attic

I have managed to do the two creative pieces for my assignment due in August but I’m scared the first piece maybe too dark and not hit the marking criteria but, I’m going to take a risk and send it anyway and show Jerry my tutor what I can do.

My classmates have been great, reviewing bits and pieces for me.

I can’t believe I managed to do the exercise booklet in 18 hours instead of 80 and I did not rush it either even though my notes will never be marked I always make sure the work is too high standard. My secret weapon is Mel who writes down my notes while all I’ve got to do is think of what to say and she put it on paper in twice the time that I would.

With all those inspirational cutouts I stuck in my notebook; plots for new stories seem to be flooding out of me.

My only problem is I’ve yet to discover the discipline to sit down and write one all the way through. When I was writing carefree and consequences I wrote it by Wattpad so I wrote a chapter by chapter, keeping it relatively short and awaiting readers feedback before I ploughed on with the next one.

I am determined to write my mermaid novel and get it published by at least 2020 in December.

Can’t wait to write my commentary and then to hand it in, so I can move on with the next assignment. I can’t wait to show Jerry in my commentary that I have been doing the extra reading at home and able to discuss other writers influences on me and advice from the guidebook,

Thank you to my friend Sue who popped over today and kept me company for a while and cheered me up.

Good luck to all my writing friends!

Speak soon,



Tips when publishing a book

Here’s what I’ve learned when getting my book to print:

Your chapter heads should be in bold

The main text in at least a size 12-14 font that is clear to read (I used Baskerville)

Your first draft isn’t going to be your last draft (for example, even though I used a proofreading tool, there were still major errors in the published manuscript , so now I’ve employed and editor) I think C and C has nowadays total of nine drafts. So for now it’s not on the market until it’s perfect.

The manuscript should be a least be spaced by 2cm

You need to know your audience and who you’re selling too. You need to find its unique selling point (mine was that it had a theme of friendship becoming your family and it to begin your own opinions and morals, in dire situations.)

The title of the book should appear on every page and so should the page number in the footer.

Use social media to promote your book – never pay for promotion it’s likely to be a scam.

Make sure the book cover is simple and aimed at your genre.

Don’t pester people to buy your book, if anything it deters people.

When you do publish your book, you need to advertise it so make or ask someone to make a professional marketing bundle.

Interact with other authors to gain readers, post and exclusive chapter on your webpage and host giveaway. Use the #writingcommunity in every Facebook, Instagram and twitter post and join in with dropping your links.

If you have any specific questions come and contact me.


Writing Tips 

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”

—Peter Handke

  1. Never throw anything you write away – it may seem rubbish today but one sentence could provide inspiration later.
  2. Try to write everyday – set a timer for 30 minutes of writing time. Uninterrupted of course.
  3. Read up on your chosen genre.
  4. Take your writers notebook with you everywhere – you never know when inspiration may strike.
  5. Stuck with writer’s block? Find some prompts to warm you up a bit.
  6. Keep a reading journal. A book may inspire you or a particular writer.
  7. Keep a clean writing space.
  8. Gather photos they can also inspire you.
  9. Invest in a dictaphone – it’ll be easier when researching/interviewing
  10. Remember why you write. 
  11. Ask yourself what do you want to achieve today writing wise.
  12. Break everything down into small chunks. Don’t expect to get a book done in a month.
  13. Give yourself little rewards when you’re writing. 
  14. Keep every piece of feedback for positive reinforcement.
  15. Invest in a good computer.
  16. Enjoy yourself – if you’re not then it’s time to find out why.