How a Commitment List can help keep you on point

As writers, we have more to do than just writing.  We have to build our brand, develop a platform, connect with potential readers… the list can feel endless.  And that is on top of all the normal everyday life stuff such as working, taking care of the family etc.

So, how do you manage to do all those extra tasks that are part and parcel of a writer’s journey?

How a commitment list can keep you on point. Image: notepad with pen

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Traditionally publishing? Yes, you still need to do marketing

This post has been churning in my head for a while.  I’ve had a number of writers tell me openly that they want to go traditionally published so they “don’t have to do marketing”.

There are many good reasons to go the traditionally published route, unfortunately, this is not one of them.  Gone are the days when a traditionally published author would get to sit back and let the publishing house sort all the marketing.

Traditionally publishing?  Yes, you still need to do marketing.  Image: Books on a shelf

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Why other writers are your friends…and not your competition

Sorry for the delay, we have bad weather here and it’s giving me a bad connection.

Anyway, I was recently given the opportunity to guest post over on Planet Simon. Big thanks to Simon for the invite. So here is my post 😊

Planet Simon

A while ago I had  been trying to get some great blogging writers to guest post here on Planet Simon and last week I got a great surprise Ari Meglen sent me a surprise guest post. I was dead chuffed! Ari runs the #MerryWriters tag game on Twitter which is really useful to meet other like minded writers. Anyway, Ari has some great words about how writers see other writers and… read the post, it’s great stuff! Go and look at her site and see what she’s up to, thanks again Ari!


Firstly, I want to say thank you to Simon for inviting me to guest post on his blog.  I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you.

A damaging mindset

I connect with a lot more writers than I did a few years back, which is great, but I am still saddened by just how…

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A Writer’s Guide… to being a Reporter

Welcome to the new series!  This is the Writer’s Guide series which will be published every Sunday.  These articles are resource posts from other writers who share their knowledge and experience at different occupations or skills.

The idea behind this is to create a resource library of information that other writers may find useful when creating characters with these skills/occupations.

A Writer's guide to being a reporter. Image: Newspapers in a stand

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November Goals 2018

Okay seriously, where is this year going!?  I blink and boom, it’s November!  Anyway, enough of that, on to my goals.  For those who don’t know, I give myself a set of monthly goals and try and complete at least two-thirds of them. 

I put them in my blog as a form of accountability and so far, it’s working 🙂

2018 Monhly goals: November. Image: Pen and calendar

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