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Book Review: The INFJ Writer by Lauren Sapala

Book Review: The INFJ Writer by Lauren Sapala

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I can earn a small commission if you click on them and then make a purchase. This goes towards blog hosting and other expenses. For more information, please read the full disclosure. Title: The INFJ Writer: Cracking the Creative Genius of the World’s Rarest Type  Author: Lauren Sapala Edition: Paperback Publisher: Self-published Release date: October 2016 Genre: Non-fiction No.pages: 216 Synopsis After years of coaching writers who struggled with procrastination issues, high sensitivity to criticism, and crippling self doubt, Lauren Sapala realized that almost every one of her clients was an […]


Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver, with excerpt, writing tips from the author and a giveaway!

Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver, with excerpt, writing tips from the author and a giveaway!

Today I’m spreading the word about the YA fantasy novel Orenda by Ruth Silver, which was released in December. Fans of both fantasy and sci-fi are sure to love this exciting adventure, featuring parallel universes, magical creatures and a sword-wielding heroine. For a limited time, Orenda is FREE from both Amazon and iTunes! Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read an excerpt, find out Ruth Silver’s tips for new writers and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card! About the Book Join forces with a parallel universe. Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil […]


Book Spotlight: Show & Tell in a Nutshell by Jessica Bell

Book Spotlight: Show & Tell in a Nutshell by Jessica Bell

Today I’m excited to be featuring a review of Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing and a guest post by the author, Jessica Bell. You can read my review here, or on Amazon or Goodreads.     About the Book Have you been told there’s a little too much telling in your novel? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you! In Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing you will find sixteen real scenes depicting a variety of situations, emotions, and characteristics which clearly demonstrate how […]


Review: Show & Tell in a Nutshell by Jessica Bell

Review: Show & Tell in a Nutshell by Jessica Bell

Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing by Jessica Bell My rating: 5 of 5 stars  One of the most common pieces of advice given to aspiring writers is to ‘show, not tell’. But what exactly does this mean? The phrase is repeated throughout countless blogs, articles and writing handbooks, yet it is seldom explained in enough detail to be beneficial. For a long time, I had the vague notion that it encouraged writers to explain a character’s actions rather than to describe their thoughts and feelings, but I never fully understood how I could […]


#IWSG: Judging Yourself

#IWSG: Judging Yourself

Today it’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group, organised by Alex J. Cavanaugh for writers to express their own doubts and concerns and to offer assistance and encouragement to others. We post on the first Wednesday of every month and welcome anyone who wants to join in.  Unfortunately I have missed several of these posts due to my terrible organisational skills, so I’m sorry for that. But that brings me on to what I want to talk about today: judging yourself. We all make negative judgements about ourselves everyday, we can’t help it. Everyone does it, but often writers […]


A-Z Challenge: T is for Tension

A-Z Challenge: T is for Tension

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I’m doing an A-Z of human emotions, feelings and mental states and today is the letter T and so I’m writing about Tension. Tension is something we writers are always trying to create in our novels. Without tension many readers would get bored and put the book down as tension is the driving force that keeps them wanting to know what happens next. But how do you create tension in your writing without describing the atmosphere as tense? Focus on describing sensations such as the heart pumping, quick breathing, prickling scalp, sweaty […]


A-Z Challenge: C is for Confidence

A-Z Challenge: C is for Confidence

Today is the third day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Just to remind you, I’m doing an A-Z of human emotions, feelings and mental states. I hope to post a mixture of poetry, stories, quotes, tips, observations, lists, book recommendations, interviews, traditional art, digital art and photography. Today’s letter is C and the emotion I’ve chosen is Confidence. Confidence is a feeling of certainty, pride and high self-esteem. It’s something that other people seem to have in adbundance but that we worry we lack. But really most people have confidence issues at some time or another, it’s only natural. I […]


Why Writing is Like Making Pancakes

Why Writing is Like Making Pancakes

Happy Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras everyone! In our household Shrove Tuesday means one thing: pancakes! After work me and M got straight to making them. I made the mix and we both had a go at cooking them. M can make nice, round pancakes, but unfortunately I’m not too good at flipping them and they end up looking more like scrambled eggs. But it was fun to do anyway, and filled us both up nicely. Anyway, as I was cooking them I started to think how making pancakes is analogous to the writing process, and I came up with […]


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