52 books in 52 weeks: How to Write Short Romance Kindle Books

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 14. How to Write Short Romance Kindle Books by Nina Harrington, claims to be a 40-minute read/masterclass. My version was part of a bundle, and I think it took me just about an hour to read it from … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: How to Write Short Romance Kindle Books

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52 books in 52 weeks: Writing for Magazines – the essential guide

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 10. Writing for Magazines - the essential guide by Diana Cambridge is, I feel, punching above its weight calling itself an essential guide. Granted, there's some useful information, but - in my opinion - there are better guides out … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: Writing for Magazines – the essential guide

Update

March has been a bit busy ... apologies for going AWOL. Nothing has been wrong, all is well. I've just been really, really busy. The month began with the tail end of an editing job finally delivered on 7 March.  It was followed almost immediately with two new editing jobs from lovely-already-boss, and a proofreading … Continue reading Update

52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Fight Scenes – Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 9. Writing Fight Scenes: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors by Rayne Hall is the first in a series on writers' craft* from the same author. It can also be found in the book bundle power pack 1. First, one of … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Fight Scenes – Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors

52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Your First Novel – a 60-minute masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 8. Writing Your First Novel - a 60-minute masterclass by Shelley Weiner bills itself as the first book in the series, but I'm sure I've read and reviewed earlier ones, including one I thought was, in fact, the first … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Your First Novel – a 60-minute masterclass

52 books in 52 weeks: A Writer’s Guide to Senior Investigating Police Officers in the UK

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 7. A Writer's Guide to Senior Investigating Police Officers in the UK by Kevin N Robinson took me just under an hour to read from start to finish. This really isn't the best way to read it as it's designed to be … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: A Writer’s Guide to Senior Investigating Police Officers in the UK

February round-up

January wasn't a great start, and that continued into February. This is mostly because much of the time was spent editing other people's work while the rest of the time was spent eating birthday cake. The month began with a contribution to a friend's article on writing plus the return of a lovely job to … Continue reading February round-up

52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Crime Fiction – a 60 minute masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 6. Writing Historical Fiction - a 60 minute masterclass by Katharine McMahon took me just over an hour to read from start to finish. I read it on the PaperWhite, and that struggled at first to calculate the total time the … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Crime Fiction – a 60 minute masterclass

52 books in 52 weeks: How to Write Fiction – a Guardian masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 4. How to Write Fiction - a Guardian masterclass is similar to the 60-minute masterclass books in that it takes around 60 minutes to read it from cover to cover. There, however, is where any similarities end. The book … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: How to Write Fiction – a Guardian masterclass

52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Short Stories – a 60 minute masterclass

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 3. Writing Short Stories - a 60 minute masterclass by Shelley Weiner took me just under 60 minutes to read. But I was lucky to get through it as the literary comparisons and the lack of practical exercises … Continue reading 52 books in 52 weeks: Writing Short Stories – a 60 minute masterclass

January round-up

January has not been a great start to 2017 for me, work-wise. I've been lazy, unmotivated and easily distracted. I think the biggest problem was I didn't set myself a total word-count target for the month and, as a result, I've written hardly anything. I have had one book each in from two clients, one … Continue reading January round-up

Diary of a freelance writer: 30 November 2016 (*** rant alert ***)

Well, today is the last day of NaNoWriMo 2016 and, for reasons that should become clear, I have mixed emotions. The bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and also anyone on Facebook and Twitter, will have already spotted that I WON this year's NaNo. It's the fourth time I've officially entered, and it's the second time I've won. … Continue reading Diary of a freelance writer: 30 November 2016 (*** rant alert ***)