Crossing Bridges

Crossing a bridge is like a rebirth. All our lives we cross bridges as a necessity in life. Some bridges are harder to cross than others. Sometimes we cross a bridge slow but sure, uncertain of each step we are taking. Sometimes we sprint across, easy breezy! Other times we turn around at the halfway point, certain we're going in the wrong direction. We find a partner and leave our old lives to create a new one, joining together our families ~ tricky at the best of times. Maybe we stop on that bridge of ours, stop at the halfway point trying to decide for sure if we are heading the right way. Maybe we seek adventure 'out there' in the world, leaving our boring lives behind. Maybe not dull,

How To Write What You Know, or How Not Waste Time Trying To Do It Differently ~ Part two

So, I have an idea of my characters and storyline but I'm still way off actually typing a single word. I tend to do all my planning by hand in notebooks, though there are tools such as Scrivener that you might like to use. Personally I like the feel of notebooks and having them to hand on the table beside me. You know how it is when you read a book and something jumps out at you that doesn't ring true? Perhaps you're reading about a professional and the technical jargon jars, or procedures you know to be incorrect? For me, the whole premise falls apart if I spot a mistake and I start to pick holes ~ sorry, but I can't help myself. Small things I can overlook, but a big thing will irritate

How To Write The Way You Know, or How Not To Waste Time Trying To Do It Differently (part

On my Instagram account, where I follow many amazing writers, there are has been interesting threads on how people write and plot their work. So on here I thought I would go through how I normally plan my novel. From the picture that inspired the initial spark, to all the background work ~ all before I type a single word. I'm a planner by nature, and definitely exercised that preference with The Longing. For my Work In Progress (WIP) has been a whole other ball game as I thought I'd go against the grain and try it somewhat differently from my usual method. I had the storyline in my head, I could tell my story organically with minimal plotting, couldn't I? Other writers do, why not me? Oh d

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