Finding My Voice: Inspiration Beyond the Masters

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Every writer grapples with inspiration. We gaze at the towering achievements of literary titans and wonder if we ourselves can reach such heights. But for me, the path to storytelling lies not in emulating the “Masters” but in trusting my own imagination and the organic flow of the narrative. Inspiration Beyond the Canon While I […]

A Soundtrack for Stories: The Power of Music on Website

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Incorporating music on my website wasn’t just about adding a wow factor; it was a way to collaborate with my son, showcase his talent, and ultimately enhance the reader’s experience. Justin lent me the songs specifically to include mood music for my novels. I hope it catches the attention of some faithful readers. The Copyright […]

From Short Tales to Sprawling Stories: My Journey as a Writer

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Many aspiring novelists start with short stories, honing their craft in bite-sized bursts and building as they grow in their craft. While this approach works for some, it wasn’t the right fit for me. Short Stories: A Stepping Stone, Not a Destination For me, short stories felt like a limiting factor. They were great for […]

My Characters

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My imagination is full of the characters I have met on my way through life – for better or worse. For instance, Max, in my Black Oil novel, is just one of the strongest memories amongst so many that live in my memory and are embellished in my imagination. They stay there, appearing in my […]

Self-Publishing – what a farce it can be

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I thought that after all these years, we may have reached a point where there was a really good alternative to having to beg, plead and bribe publishers to take notice of us poor writers. But no. We are no further forward. In fact, all we have done is turn corners, yet stayed on a […]

Self-Publishing – Who Needs It? – Part 2

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My second forage into the world of self-publication was met with a much more sophisticated response. True, publishers were no more approachable than they ever were, although they had increased dramatically in numbers by, what I thought, were in the thousands; but the self-publishing industry also appeared to be much more saturated but with more […]

Self-Publishing – Who Needs It? – Part 1

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Back in 2004, when I completed my first fiction novel, The Golden Handcuffs, I had no idea about self-publishing, or publishing at all, come to think of it. But from what I could tell, it seemed like an ‘easy’ way to go, given the horrendous warnings about the shark-infested environment of publishers in the mainstream. […]

Writer’s Forums

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Yes, I know. Every new, or would-be writer, wants to express themselves by joining their local writer’s forum. It seems to be a natural order of things. You are writing something, you look for some kind of critique, you impress other members of this local group with your abilities, and you come out at the […]