Tag: a-z challenge 2019

J is for Juggling Jobs #AtoZChallenge

J is for Juggling Jobs #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Finding time to write is something I struggle with. I work full time and I’m also mum to a three year-old. So, as you can imagine, life gets pretty crazy. If I want to write I have to sacrifice sleep, quality time with friends and family, or free time that I would normally spend reading or blogging. I know many other writers are in the same position, juggling one or more jobs, parenting and other responsibilities. It’s […]


I is for Inspiration and Insecurities #AtoZChallenge

I is for Inspiration and Insecurities #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Inspiration I’m inspired by all sorts of things, such as nature, art, music and poetry. I get lots of ideas for fantasy stories from researching ancient mythology, folklore and philosophy. I also get inspiration for sci-fi and dystopian stories from articles about scientific breakthroughs and advanced technology. News stories, radio interviews and overheard conversations also spark my imagination and sometimes develop into interesting ideas. Today, I discuss the inspiration behind my story “Sea of Sorrows” and share […]


H is for Healthy Habits #AtoZChallenge

H is for Healthy Habits #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. For the letter H, I’m talking about how writers need to build healthy habits into their routine. Self-care is important. That’s the message we’re hearing everywhere at the moment. But taking care of ourselves when we’re living busy lives is not easy. For writers, it can be particularly challenging. We have to sit at desks and stare at screens for hours, which is no good for our posture or eyesight. Many of us are juggling day jobs […]


G is for Growing Genres #AtoZChallenge

G is for Growing Genres #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. For the letter G, I’m discussing literary genres and how the way in which we sort books into categories is changing. Fiction books are usually split into broad categories based on the age range of their intended readers. There is children’s literature or ‘kidlit’, which is usually split up into picture books aimed at children under 5, early readers for those between 5 and 8 years old and middle grade for ‘tweens’ aged 8 to 13. YA […]


F is for Flash Fiction #AtoZChallenge

F is for Flash Fiction #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebration. For the letter F, I’m going to talk about flash fiction—micro stories that are usually no more than 1000 words long, and sometimes even a single sentence! I got into flash fiction relatively recently. It seems to be a popular form of writing at the moment and I’ve seen lots of flash fiction challenges around the blogosphere, including the WEP Challenge, Six Sentence Story and Fiction in 50. Last year, I shared a short piece called No […]


E is for Energy and Excitement #AtoZChallenge

E is for Energy and Excitement #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Energy I find that writing takes a lot of energy. Not only because I’m concentrating, but also because I end up feeling the roller-coaster of emotions that my characters go through. Emotional scenes can be exhausting to write. Daily life also takes a lot of energy. Everyone is rushing around at work or after their kids. I don’t know many people who get the recommended amount of sleep, because we all trying to squeeze as much as […]


D is for Developing Details (download my free character chart!) #AtoZChallenge

D is for Developing Details (download my free character chart!) #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. For the letter D, I’m going to discuss how I develop my characters. Discovery The first thing I do when developing characters is try to get to know them better through some automatic writing. I will typically grab a piece of paper and write freehand in my character’s voice. I don’t worry about spelling and grammar and I don’t filter myself. I just get out the words as quickly as I can. Sometimes, I will write interview […]


C is for Connecting with the Community & Cheating on Challenging Chapters #AtoZChallenge #IWSG

C is for Connecting with the Community & Cheating on Challenging Chapters #AtoZChallenge #IWSG

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. The letter C also happens to coincide with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group posting day (1st Wednesday of every month), so I’ve combined the two events into one post. I’m pretty proud of that alliterative title! Connecting with the Community In my post about the benefits of blogging yesterday, I mentioned how blogging can be a fun way to network with members of the writing community. I’ve made so many friends through the Insecure Writer’s Support Group […]