Is it just me or has anyone noticed how many Irish things come in threes? I reckon it all started 5200 years ago in an underground stone passage at Newgrange with this carving on a rock: (Click here too for more beautiful visuals of Newgrange or Brú na Bóinne). It may be easy, as a… Continue reading My Silly List of Irish Threes
Look, there’s only one way to get better at anything, and that’s by doing it a LOT. Earlier this year I wondered whether I could write 10 000 words in a month, so I signed up for the 10k challenge on What Inspires Your Writing and I made the target, actually I wrote even more than that! I needed the encouragement and motivation of the challenge to keep me going. Now here’s another one a bit less intimidating and achievable, and so worthwhile trying if you’d like to improve your writing skills. Go ON, take that leap!
Hallelujah, it’s raining Club members! And I am positively thrilled.
It’s a cleansing rain?a cloudburst on a sunny spring day that leaves the grass greener and the air crisper.
And it’s a rain that offers a fresh start. Opportunity. Myriad possibilities.
Can the same be said for your writing life?
It can now. Join us for the launch of the Page-a-Week Writers Club!
It’s a no-pressure writing program geared toward the busy writer?she who does not always have time to write. It’s also aimed at the unfocused writer?he who may need a frequent nudge and an occasional prompt.
You’ll write on your schedule, at your pace. You’ll get encouragement in your e-mail inbox. Soon, writing regularly will become a habit.
You can choose to share your work and accept feedback. You can meet and network with other writers, if that’s your thing. Or you can work in…
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The 'Why' questions used to be cute. Well to a point, if I'm totally honest. I wasn't very good with the 'why' response to my tenth answer on questions about the universe and other complicated things. In those discussions I felt as if I was slipping on a downward spiral into a pit of futility.… Continue reading Wise Whys
I'm middle-aged -that's if get to live to 90 - so I reckon I'm confident enough now to not care what others think of the way I dress. Except I must do, because there I posted a picture of myself walking my kids to school this morning just to gain your sympathy. Did I not learn… Continue reading Loving is Dirty Work
A moment ago my sister shared the sweetest photo of her baby on a swing on our family WhatsApp group. His smile is huge, you can't help but smile back! I wanted to reach through the lense and ruffle his tufty blonde head. Our conversation quickly turned to how, as adults it's hard to reclaim that sense… Continue reading What a Divine Moment…
A grand bit of craic: my writing prompt submission was posted earlier this evening over on Brave and Reckless’ Blog. TANKS, I’m deloited!! (Do you think that living in Ireland has rubbed off on me a little bit after thirteen years?
I am really excited and pleased by the amount of submissions I received for the Moon Ate the Dark Writing Prompt Challenge. I intend to post all of the submissions on Brave and Reckless. Please give a warm welcome to this group of new and experienced writers!
C’mere to me, I was just knackered like. I’d been up all night, and besides I was feelin’ fat. It was ‘that time of the month’ – again. I literally just shut my eyes for a moment there and did a massive yawn. I tell ya, I breathed in so deep, I could taste salt off your seas from all the way over here.
Janey Mack! When I opened my eyes all I could see was this blindin’ brightness. I thought to meself, ‘You Eejit, ye’ve gone and swallowed up the whole night!’
But then I blinked and saw it was only himself…
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I needed this, thanks Clare Daly for the proverbial kick in the rear…
I should preface this post with the fact that no, I’m not yet a published author but I have learned some stuff along the way and as I rocket through the first draft of my new book, I realise what a completely different experience it is to the first. So, here we go. Here’s the things you need to stop doing right now on your first novel:
Yes, easier said than done but press that release valve, breath out all that stress and tension you’ve been holding in between your shoulder blades. Truth is, it doesn’t matter if its rubbish. It’s your rubbish, your search for the truth and even if its not clear or apparent in the first draft, you will find it later. You have to write the unsophisticated words before you find the elegant ones (and often they’re the best anyway). So…
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