Phew! Do you know how long it took me to write that sentence? Eight years. Not because I type using only the little toe on my left foot, but because it’s taken me eight years to believe it.
Crazy, right? But that’s what this blog is all about. It’s for writers like you and me, who attempt to deal with the mental and emotional aspects of writing on a daily basis, as well as learning how to create a cracking plot, loveable characters and a story our readers will love.
We’re the ones who know there’s a book inside us (maybe it’s even been written) but struggle with the emotional rollercoaster that, as authors, we ride on each and every day.
Sound familiar? It does to me. Even when you’ve published a book or two, these feelings don’t stop. They are always there, like a little devil on your shoulder whispering doubts and negative thoughts into your ear.
I’m a writer, just like you and I’m on this creative journey, just as you are. This blog is here to provide you with the following:
A perfect writer’s journey – I’ve written and published non-fiction books, but I’m still learning and investigating the art of writing fiction. I want to share the lessons and the journey with you. Whatever I learn, I’ll share on here.
A softly, softly approach won’t feature here either. Writing is a tough process so I must give tough love from time to time. If we want to be successful writers, we’ve got to be prepared for the hard journey ahead. No one can do it for us.
However, this isn’t a place for ghoulish behaviour. Within the TTGBWYW community, constructive advice is always appreciated, but rudeness is not.
The simple rule is: If you haven’t got anything nice or helpful to say, don’t say it at all. We’re all here to support, encourage and motivate one another. Everyone you meet is battling something you know nothing about. Let’s keep it respectful, yes?
I don’t believe in writers’ block. But I know there are things such as fear, self-doubt, the inner critic and procrastination. All of which can stop our books from ever seeing the light of day.
There are also many skills we need to develop and practise as writers to create stories that our readers will love. It can feel very overwhelming! I firmly believe that we need to READ a lot to become better writers, so I’ll post examples of great books that have inspired me and that we can all learn from.
All of these things can make us lose sleep at night.
All of these can go BUMP when we write.
Let’s improve some of them, shall we? Come on!
Before starting this blog, I was a teacher for fourteen years and I loved it. But I loved writing more and so, in 2015, I decided to write a book and publish it. And then after that, I wrote two more. I published those too.
The three of them form a set of books for teachers, so it’s unlikely they’ll set your world on fire, but I’m proud of them and the first one has been No.1 in its category on Amazon.
Since then I’ve continued to write, to publish and to learn as much as I can about writing for children. I’ve also discovered the joys of self-improvement, self-discipline and self-belief. The three key components to success and the reasons that I’ve written so much in a relatively short amount of time.
I live in London with my husband, two children and my dog, Flo. She sits faithfully at my feet while I type and it’s when I walk her during my lunch break that my best ideas come into fruition.
I love children’s literature and my biggest goal is to be a published children’s writer. I’m an avid self-improvement fan; it changed my life. As a result, I am always curious about how our minds and our habits contribute to the person we become.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”(Churchill)