The Writing Process, read it, follow it, and write a book of your own


The Writer

The Cloths of Heaven has been out in paperback for several years. Recently it was re-published as a kindle and is enjoying a second lease of life. It is a story of courage, determination and ambition. But ultimately it is a story of boundless friendship. Now, you could say I am jumping on the bandwagon; I say, it's finally time to put the second novel, Victims of Circumstance out there. Since all the publicity surrounding the Magdalene scandal in Ireland, I think the world is ready for this story.


The Artist

I used to run an art gallery, but a couple of years ago I decided to concentrate on writing. But fate sometimes has its own plans for you. So, unexpectedly I was given the opportunity to exhibit some of my work at a nearby business centre through a colleague With this in mind, I set up a pinterest account and created a couple of boards to display my paintings and photographs.


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As Oprah would say…

As Oprah would say, I had an Aha moment!

I recently sent out a novel to a publisher in America. It’s a novel that I wrote several years ago about an issue that has recently become topical again. The publisher in question requested a couple of chapters in an email exchange that is on a first name basis. I was assured therefore that the work would not land on the slush pile and that it would in fact be read.

A couple of weeks later, I received an email rejection. But a rejection with a difference. It contained constructive criticism and pointed out why, in this publisher’s opinion, the novel was not strong enough to be published. Read More…

Why journaling will build those writing muscles

Before I delve into this, let me first say that keeping a journal is not obligatory. However, as I said in my previous blog, it is a great way of getting the gremlins out of your head to allow something new to take its place.

But it does more than this. Keeping a journal is a great way of practising your writing skills and becoming familiar with the Writing Process.

In the last post I talked about having two notebooks, this week my tips are more related to the first one – the one where anything goes. Read More…

There’s no mystery to being a writer

I guess that since you are reading this blog, you’ve been toying with the idea of writing. Maybe you’re a regular blogger and think it’s time to tackle a substantial piece of writing. Or maybe you feel the need to express yourself.

The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are at least beginning to take that idea seriously and have started looking for information, guidance and support. If you weren’t, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog!

Let me take the mystery out of writing and to tell you, quite simply, that if I can do it, so can you! Read More…

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