Non-Rules for Rebellious Writers - Fed up of being peddled rules for writers? Perplexed by how these rules ever got made? You’re not alone. Join the rebellious writers revolution by following these non-rules, or go your own way. It's good enough for Fleetwood Mac.
What Type of Writer Are You? - Writery world attracts all types. We’re certainly an eclectic bunch. Read on and discover what type of writer you are or the kind of writer you never want to be.
What Type of Reader Are You? - Reading is loved by many. Books are a common source of entertainment and escapism but readers aren’t all the same. Readers are a varied bunch. Read on and recognise yourself.
Why Baking is Like Writing - Baking and writing both begin from nothing and result in a hopefully finished product. Both are often the result of chocolate. At least they are in my house.
A Cat's Guide to Dealing with Rejection - Cat Slave #1 has been facing rejection. I’ve been making her feel better by allowing her to give me more belly rubs than usual. Here are some more tips, cat style.
What I've Learnt Since My Last Birthday - Now I'm becoming an old git, I’m focusing more on what I’ve learnt but also what’s to come. What follows are the things I’ve learnt in the past year. Happy birthday to me.
A Cat’s Guide to Being a Mentor - Feegle cat here. I’m teaching you how to be a mentor. Since Wullie appeared I’ve taken the little fella under my paw. It’s a tiring job but worth it.
Living with Anxiety - Anxiety is tough but I’m strong in doing things despite it. It's more common than people may think. Leave judgements at the door. We all have fears and worries.
Banish the Book Snobbery - Books come in many flavours. Don’t tell me what to read or not read. You may find yourself wearing a book in the most uncomfortable of places. Book snobs consider yourselves banished!
How to Write When You're Ill - We're in the lurgy/infection/fevers season. I’ve been nursing a bout of badness and sharing tips for writing when ill. I am the snotty, fatigued gift that keeps on giving. Note: I'm not a doctor. Don't sue me.
The Pesky Second Novel in the Series - Writing the second novel in a series is both exciting and scary. You learn a lot about yourself. Mainly what a doubting, weird, procrastinator you are. Brace yourselves for 'second novel problems'.
A Cat’s Way to Solidarity Not Competition - When a kitten appears and you were the only cat, apparently you learn to love them, not eat them. Feegle the cat gives advice on solidarity rather than competition. No kittens were harmed in the making of this post. Later is another matter.
The Difficulty of Recognising Progress - I am rubbish sometimes at recognising my progress. I am more likely to list all my failures. Who better to teach you all about how to acknowledge your own progress? Yes, I know. Let’s call it therapy.
Life After and Between Depression - Life after and between depression is strange. You want to focus on being well but depression affects your life because it happened to you. This isn't a sad story but rather one of awareness.
30 Realistic Facts About Editing - A fresh circle of hell was created for editing. Give yourself a break, fellow writers, and read this post about editing. Yes, there's no escape.
Pursue Your Publishing Path With Pride - Preparing to go down a publishing path, whether it's traditional or self-publishing, is a long and sometimes complicated venture. Let's support each other in it, not tear each other down.
Learning Not to Strive for Perfection - With age comes wisdom. Believe that and you’ll believe anything. What age has done for me though is shown that striving for perfection is a fruitless and tiring exercise.
20 Ways to Come Up With Blog Post Ideas - Any blogger knows there are times when the blog post ideas aren’t coming. Here I am, with wise advice for my fellow bloggers. Not really but hey, this made a blog post.
One Year After My Mum's Death - A letter to my mum on the first anniversary of her death. The void is wide, the memories help but I miss her more than these words can express. Life without your mum is a strange thing.
The Words and Phrases I Love to Love - I love certain words and phrases. If I could, I'd fill my writing pieces with them but that would be a dull shenanigan, from a numpty cockwomble, who's blagging this blogging malarkey.
20 Reasons Why Humans Love Cats - Hello there, lovely cat-adoring humans. It’s Feegle again! Why do you love kitty cats so much? Time to find out via the medium of my words and my adorable pictures. Because. Cat.
The Perils of Writing in the Summer - I'm not a fan of the summer. Some people just don’t fare well in heat and all that comes with it. Don’t pick on me for not embracing summer. It’s full of perils for a writer.
Why Your First Novel Isn't Crap - If you believe what every writer and their cat has to say about first novels being rubbish, you’d never begin. It’s time to look at this another way. They can, in fact, be little gems.
Why Do I Keep Blogging? - Don’t worry. This isn’t a ‘woe is me, no-one reads my blog’ kind of post. I’ve been blogging for quite a while now. We could all do with assessing our blogs every now and again.
If I Wasn’t a Writer I Could Be… - If writing doesn’t work out what can we do? Eat our body weight in chocolate or find another occupation? Transferable skills are where it's at. So what other jobs could a writer do? Warning: this post may contain unhelpful and silly advice.
Support Comes From Unexpected People - Writing or any pursuit can be lonely if we allow the lack of support from our loved ones to taint it. Look to the 'strangers' out there who champion you. The unexpected ones can be the best cheerleaders.
Why This Writer Runs - Writing and running - a strange combination? Yes, if you insist on doing both at the same time. Otherwise running helps prevent writer's butt and shows us how to be better writers. Honestly.
Mum’s Lessons for Life Even After Her Death - Our mums teach us life lessons. Mine taught me many that I hold close, after her death. She taught me how to fight and keep going. That's why I'm facing a new challenge.
Nothing is Ever Wasted - Nothing is ever wasted. Yes, really. Even those hours watching reality TV, stuffing your face or writing terrible first drafts. Chalk it all down to experience.
The Never-Ending Drafting Process - The drafting process. Three words guaranteed to make a writer quiver. It's necessary. It feels like it will never end. It will not defeat us. Maybe...
Going Back To My Roots: Back to My Hometown - My novel has stirred up memories of living in my hometown. I have found myself torn between nostalgia and change every time I go back. Your hometown is a powerful place.
Why You Should Live Like a Cat - It's Feegle the cat here! Make 2018 the year you live more like a cat. We know how to live life in the lazy, well-fed lane. Follow my guide to feline fine.
30 Tongue-in-Cheek Rules for New Writers - New year, new writer? Follow all the writing rules! Nah, don't. Read this snarky guide and then go and make your own rules. Don't tell Stephen King I said so.
A Christmas Survival Guide for Writers - Don't suffer at Christmas, writers, with visits from loved ones and culling of writing time. Read how to claim back your writing life over the festive season. Snark included.
25 Reasons Why Books Beat Real Life - Books beat real life. Their punchy pages, cheeky chapters, and seductive sentences transport us.. Here are the many ways books kick real life's butt.
What if I Stopped Being a Writer? - We've all had days when we want to quit our jobs. It's no different for a writer. What would happen if I stopped being a writer? Time to reflect in the usual silly manner.
The Letter: World Mental Health Day - Today is World Mental Health Day; an initiative to reach out to those in distress. Raising awareness of mental health issues is close to my heart. Closer than you may think.
I Am Me and I'm Learning That's Fine - Self-acceptance is hard. I've spent 40+ years working on it, warts and all. Except I don't have warts, just a few wrinkles and a whole lot of fighting spirit. Time to be me.
Have You Finished Your Novel Yet? - There are questions writers groan at hearing, especially when their 'little' book will be finished and why it's taking so long. Stop asking. We're fragile effing flowers.
A Letter to Mum: My Funeral Eulogy - My mum's funeral has taken place. Never has a sentence seemed so misplaced. I'm sharing the eulogy I gave because she deserves for all to know who she was and still is.
Stop Dictating That I Write Every Day - Why must writers write daily? Do we spontaneously combust if we don't? If it suits you, go ahead. If not, remember you don't have to submit to the writing dictators.
Showing and Promoting the Library Love - All hail libraries! Writers and readers would be lost without them. Libraries across the world are threatened with closure. Use them or lose them. Show them the love!
The Hiding Place of the Will to Write - I miss the fire in my heart to write. I yearn for the highs of exciting ideas popping into my head. I am heartbroken that words have become obstacles rather than stepping stones.
Advice from a Writer's Husband - Today the Husband has been given a voice to share with all you wonderful supporters of writers how to get through this relationship alive and fairly well.
Writing is a Just Like a Piece of Cake - Don't be fooled into thinking the title of this post is literal; writing most certainly is NOT a piece of cake but it's like it. Warning: you may get cake cravings.
Essential Lessons in the Ways of 'Kitten' - You probably know by now that there's a new boy in my life. If not, where have you been? Avoiding the kitten pictures and posts? He may be little but he is ever so wise.
The Cruel Thief Named Depression - Depression steals so much once it sets up home in your mind and your life. Knowing it is happening means winning half the battle in taking your life back.
The Multitasking Nature of the Writer - If I had a pound for every time someone asked me what being a writer entails, I'd be... skint seeing as the pound is worth naff all now. Here's multitasking at its best.
'The Enemy' Strikes Back and Then Some... - We all have fears. Having the strength to acknowledge them is the beginning of winning the battle. Today I am facing mine and sharing it with you. I am scared...
Asking and Answering the BIG Question - There are other BIG questions than proposals. A more tricky question to answer is, 'So what are you writing?' You think it it's easy to answer and yet...
I Need You and The Village People - No-one actually need the Village People, but they had a good tag line for new recruits. Come and join my crew. You don't even need to dress up.
Writing What You Know and Pants. - I'm sure many of us are familiar with the old adage, 'Write what you know'. There are arguments for and against this. I explain where I am with my novel.
Sharing My Writing For the First Time! - So, here it is. If you read my last blog entry '#What You Don't See' this will make sense. If you haven't, I explain it again. It's so important and linked to my novel.
Learning Lessons from Jane and Bertha - I am sure many of you are aware of the famous line, 'Reader, I married him' from the amazing novel, Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte. I modified it for this blog.
Imagination at the Centre of my Life - Welcome to my new blog! This is a blog to document my writing progress, get a little silly and honest. Let's see how this goes! Thanks for being here.