One thing that has been true throughout history is the need for a good edit! Image via Pixabay



When Push Comes to Shove looks at how your characters would act when under real pressure and why they would do so.  Are they driven by cowardice, heroism etc?  What would effectively come out from their subconscious when they are driven by fear etc?  Do your characters show signs of changes in their behaviour as their stress levels rise?  And, as writers, what do we do when push comes to shove?  What will we do to get our work out there?  Are we prepared for rewrite after rewrite to get it right?


Getting the Job Done opens with one of the best openings I’ve written I think.  See what you think, however!  I talk in the post about ways and means of achieving things.  I also talk about all writers having to fight the procrastination monster and to get on and get our work out there.


Am delighted to share news reviews for my flash fiction collection are coming in for both the paperback and the Kindle version.  Many thanks to the reviewers.  Also the cyber launch will be on 1st April 2017 between 10 am and 6 pm UK time but all welcome.  There will be giveaways…! 

(In other news, I hope to produce my own monthly newsletter soon and once I’ve sorted things out will put on this site a sign up form.  I plan to share in this newsletter advance news and share extracts from work in progress (hopefully for the next flash fiction collection!) and things like some of my notes from my flash fiction workshop for those who sign up.


I talk about reviews tonight, as a result of having more reviews in for From Light to Dark and Back Again.  I talk about some of the difficulties of writing reviews (you want to say enough to make people want to know more but not give too much away for one thing).  I also share how I go about this when I write reviews for Chandler’s Ford Today.

Well, what IS your story? Image via Pixabay.

How do you review stories without giving too much away?  I share some thoughts on my Facebook Author page. Image via Pixabay.




Creative writing includes blogging but also brainstorming sessons to generate future ideas. Image via Pixabay.


Glad to see Weebly now back up and running.  Good to have it back.


Reliability is something that all writers, readers and characters need. Readers need to feel they can rely on the writer to deliver on the story.  Characters need to be reliable (or exposed as unreliable narrators etc).  I also discuss how characters would react if they find they can’t rely on others after all.


Always write about what you know and tonight’s post discusses technical issues! I look at how such things might affect your characters (and their magical performance).  I ask what machines does your world have and who services these?  What happens if the machines take on a life of their own?


Short and sweet post tonight so have copied and pasted it here.

Need to catch up on my magazine reading so will try and do that tomorrow. I also need to get some stories off for competitions again. Hope to book up my local writing festival before too long. You can tell spring is about – you get all the invites to said festivals! And I’m pleased to say my crocuses are emerging, having escaped the winter and being eaten by those visitors my garden partial to such things.


I’m currently preparing a newsletter which I hope to send out regularly.  It will contain extracts from my stories, published or not, which I am not putting on my websites or this round-up blog.  I hope before too long to have a sign-up button so, if this is of any interest to you, keep an eye out and I’ll say when all is ready.  The idea of a newsletter I’ve been thinking about for a while and now makes more sense now I have a book out there!



What we all need and, thankfully, are rarely affected by technical issues!  Image via Pixabay.