Dear Younger Me…

“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” Dear young Emily, Today I sat for a while. I thought about your childhood. I thought about your teenage years and what you were about to witness in the years after that. I thought about your happiness and your sorrows…

Advice from a writer: Career vs Leisure

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you will probably end up gaining something better.” If you enjoy something, you stick at it. You practice that ‘something’, perhaps not even realising it at the time, but you do. Now, when I was at school, everyone was always encouraged to follow their…

What to do when you’ve hit a dead end.

“Everything begins with an idea.” I’ll be honest. I really struggled coming up with an idea for this week’s post. I seem to have covered a lot already, even though I know there is a hell of a lot of other topics to write about. I felt like I’d hit a bit of a dead…

Why You Should Accept Criticism.

“If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.” Being told you’re doing something wrong does tug at your heart a little, and thoughts along the lines of, “Why am I even doing this?” may play across your mind over and over. It’s normal. When you think you’re doing a good job and someone…

Do I need to plan my novel?

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” When you go to work, do you plan your journey around rush hour? How about when you get there? Do you have a plan of what you need to get done that day? What about food? Do you plan what you’re going to cook for tea…

Are you guilty of these bad writing habits?

“Omit needless words.” Everyone has their own unique way of writing and to be honest, if someone has the motivation to write anything and get creative, then a big thumbs up from me. Some people shy away from it, some people believe that they’re not very good at it and some people may simply not…

Character Profiles in a nutshell.

“Every character should want something, even if it’s just a glass of water.” After telling myself over and over that I need to write my character profiles before I add more to my story, it finally happened! I have begun the process of going through all my characters but it’s no where near complete. The…

What to expect: your first attempt at Free Writing.

“There is no wrong or right – just write!” After being told about free writing a while back, and not really having a clue what it was, I finally decided to jump in for attempt number one this weekend. I did a bit of research, and reading other people’s attempts really tickled me. I’ll try…

The Making of: Little Caroline.

“Create the things you wish existed.” A couple of years ago, I wrote a short children’s story based on some of the things I learnt from my Teaching Assistant days. As a Reading Mentor too, I must have read hundreds of stories with children, which allowed me to explore the way authors wrote to a…

You will get there, but only if you keep going.

“Follow your dreams, success will follow.” Unlike everyone else I seemed to know at school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’. Everyone around me seemed to want to be a vet, or a teacher. A doctor or a pilot. I never knew what I wanted for my…