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June 2019

May 2019

  • Why Editing Your Writing is Painful - Editing. A word to strike fear into the heart of many writers. Let’s wallow in our misery by considering why editing is the writing equivalent of pulling teeth.
  • I Have a Publishing Contract! - Finally, here is the post I sometimes wondered if I'd ever be able to write. Yep. I’ve flipping done it. I have a publishing contract!

April 2019

  • An Unpublished Writer is Still a Writer - Just because your work hasn’t been published yet doesn’t make you any less of a writer. Some writing paths are short. Others are twisty and complicated.
  • Why Am I in a Writing Slump? - Writing slumps are big stinking piles, blocking our writing path. The only way out is to know what's holding you down. Then you can begin to crawl your way out
  • How to Write When You're Tired - Writers are often tired. If these ideas for combating tiredness don’t work, just get into bed. You don’t have to tell me twice *cocoons into the duvet*.

March 2019

  • 25 Possibly Silly Ways to Deal with Writer’s Block - Writers' block is a block of cement sitting on your typing fingers, weighing heavy on your empty brain. Here I am, once again, with advice. There will be snark.
  • The Future of This Blog - Important announcement coming your way about this blog. No, I'm not quitting. You don't get rid of me that easily.
  • How to Overcome Reading Obstacles - Sometimes the world conspires against us and our books. Here’s how to combat the things trying to thwart your reading. As always, don’t expect sensible advice.

February 2019

  • How to Overcome Writers’ Obstacles - Writing can be hard work. Here’s how to combat those pesky obstacles that want to thwart your writing. As always, don’t expect sensible advice.
  • How to Not Be Killed Off in a Novel - This is for the nearest, not so dearest, to writers. No one wants to be slain, literally or in print. Here's how to avoid being dead to them in their novel.
  • A Cat's Guide to Working as a Team - Finally, Feegle the cat is back! Today it's all about team work. Now Wullie kitten is settled, we’ve developed a system of co-operation. Well, sometimes.
  • Beware of the Trolls - Trolls used to be losers hiding at home, grumbling at the walls. Unfortunately the internet gave them a voice. That doesn’t mean we have to listen.

January 2019

  • 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.
  • How Mental Illness Affects My Writing - Sometimes you have to confront the monster under the bed. This is not all doom and gloom. There is positivity here too.
  • 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.

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

  • 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.
  • The Rollercoaster of Writing a Short Story - A short story probably sounds easy to write. Because it's short we love and fear it. Jump on the short story rollercoaster. It's a short and bumpy ride.
  • 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!

September 2018

  • 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.

August 2018

  • 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.

July 2018

  • 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.

June 2018

  • 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.
  • Essential, Possibly Silly, Items for a Writer’s Toolkit - Just like any skilled *coughs* worker, writers need a toolkit. Always have your trusty tools alongside you.  Here is a possibly useless list of what every writer should have in their toolkit.
  • 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.

May 2018

  • A Cat's Guide to Waiting - We all have to wait for things sometimes, although cats work to their own schedule. I may be young but I’m a wise feline. Take my advice and get through those waiting times.
  • The Battle Against Having a Rest - I am the world’s worst person at taking time out when I have to. Who better to write about how important it is to have some rest then? Yes, I know…

April 2018

  • Letting Go: When Your Novel Goes to Beta Readers - Beta readers are amazing people. The beta reading process for an author isn't always so amazing. Cue the agonising waiting game.
  • 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.

March 2018

  • Words That Make Me Go ‘Aargh’! - Words are my friends and tools of my trade, until they make me go 'aargh'. We all have words we love to hate. Curl up and cringe along with me. Share yours too!
  • How Writers Are Superheroes - Writers are freaking superheroes, capable of magnificent feats of writing wonder. Channel your inner hero and hoist your underpants over those spangly tights.
  • Television Doesn’t Kill Writing: How TV Helps Me Write - Television isn't writing's enemy. Used effectively, TV can enhance your writing. Turn your TV set on and be blown away by the clever writers who create some of it.
  • What on Earth is My Novel’s Genre? - My novel refuses to fit in the box. It wants to be many genres. No amount of squishing helps. What to do? Write a post and add cat pictures, of course.

February 2018

January 2018

  • 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.

December 2017

  • 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.

November 2017

October 2017

  • A Cat's Guide to Birthdays - Today is Lisa's birthday. She's getting far too much attention already so what better time than for me, Feegle the cat, to offer another fabulous blog post?
  • The Epic Search For a Novel Title - Novel titles are little blighters. They elude me. They hide under the mountain of writing and taunt me to come and find them. Prepare yourself for title angst.
  • The Rollercoaster of Writing a First Draft - First drafts. One moment, you love the freedom to write. The next, you lose your ability to know words. Welcome to my weird first draft writing world.
  • 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.
  • An Honest Day in the Life of a Writer - Tired of reading those shiny 'days in the life' of famous authors? Wondering if they really work that hard? Prepare to face the messed up truth.
  • 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.

September 2017

August 2017

  • The Bank Holiday Blues of a Brit - Bank Holiday Mondays are fun and an opportunity to do all the things, right? Not for this grumpy git Brit.
  • What 1980s Kids Could Teach the Kids of Today - 1980s kids were a whole different breed. We are the generation that went without but had so much. We've got a lot to teach the kids of today. Time to get nostalgic!
  • The Writer Impostor Syndrome - I'm going to hedge my bets that many writers have been in the place of feeling like an impostor in the writing world. Time to get real and honest.
  • How Reading Has Saved My Life - Never one to state something's literal when it's not, reading has literally saved my life. Reading gives me a reason for being and a refuge. How about you?

July 2017

June 2017

  • The Cancer Waiting Game - The cancer waiting game is a cruel and painful process for the afflicted and their loved ones. As I find myself in this horrible place all I can do is write.
  • Feegle Cat's First Birthday! - Today my lovely Feegle cat is one year old. Who better then to be sharing a blog post with us today? Over to you, you gorgeous ball of kitty cat fluffiness...
  • How Running Is Teaching Me to Be a Better Writer - Since I've started running it's helped me to improve as a writer. Both are challenging, addictive, and amazing. Both can be rewarded by chocolate too. Win!
  • How a Master Plotter Writer Gets the Planning Done - Are you a plotter or a pantser? I confess that I am a master plotter extraordinaire in life and writing. Read on and relate or snigger at Little Miss Organised!

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December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

  • Book Review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' - Cat lovers: brace yourselves as the cat cuteness factor is ramped up with this review of 'A Street Cat Named Bob'. Cat haters: prepare to be surprised.
  • My 'The Walking Dead' Writing Process - Season 7 of 'The Walking Dead' is upon us! The bad ass characters are a dream writing team. Take their advice. You'd be as brain dead as a zombie not to.
  • Bernie Bookworm's Reading Rules - Meet Bernie Bookworm. He isn't afraid to assert his rules and laws of reading etiquette. Bernie's views are all his own. I am merely the scribe.

September 2016

  • 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.

August 2016

  • Lessons in Dog - A Response To Lessons In Kitten - Check out this fab blog post in response to my Lessons in Kittenpost. Written by Chantelle Atkins, a YA author and leader of my writing group. It’s a great read!
  • A Non-Stalkerish Homage to 'The Bloggess' - For those of you who have not encountered Jenny Lawson, aka 'The Bloggess', where have you been? She's funny, honest, brave and her work is well worth a read!
  • 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 Most Telling Signs of Being a Writer - Writers, nod along in painful recognition. Non-writers, send wine and chocolate. You'll see we are a pretty messed up bunch. Spot the signs.
  • 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.

July 2016

June 2016

  • I've Won a Blogging Competition!! - I have won a competition, held on the Positive Writer website (a multiple award-winning site for writers), for a competition called 'Writers' Crushing Doubt'!
  • Celebrating My First Ever Guest Post! - Okay, I know that for many bloggers this isn't a big deal but we've all got to start somewhere, and I am very excited! I have just written my first guest post.
  • Writing as a Form of Additional Therapy - Writing can be a means of therapy, be it a journal, a letter, a poem, a novel... When you cannot express it vocally, written words can be your outlet.
  • Oh so Very Routine: a new way for Mondays! - Mondays are about to get more awesome, bearable or annoying. You decide. From now on, there will be a new shiny blog post for your reading pleasure.
  • Writing Lessons Learned From Teaching - I used to be an English teacher. In my head sometimes I still am. Those pesky pupils taught me a great deal about how I can be a writer. Really.
  • Job's a (Sort of) Good 'Un, I Hope... - I HAVE FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY FIRST EVER, EVER NOVEL, PEOPLE! Shouty caps required to express this writing miracle. Let's not mention editing...
  • Kitty, Cat, Moggy, Feline Fest - Today's post is brought to you via the medium of the cat. This is a rebellious attack againstThe Blog Police's (TM) obsession with cat memes to boost stats.

May 2016

  • The End is Nigh. Brace Yourselves! - Cautiously declaring that I'm getting near to the end of the first draft of my novel and silently cursing myself for now being publicly accountable!
  • Unemployed in the Thoughts Factory - Thoughts and ideas are wily little blighters in 'writery world'.I used to wonder where authors got their ideas from. Now I'm a writer, I'm, still asking...
  • 'Never Be a Writer' They Said... - My motives for writing this post are entirely dishonourable. If I can put off just one talented and upcoming writer from continuing, I may stand a chance.
  • The Ageing Guide to Continuing Dreaming - Getting older is not the end of the world. Sure, it's literally near the end of your life, but it can be amazing. Really. Dare to follow your dreams.
  • I'm Stuck In The Middle With Nowt - One minute you're typing faster than you can think and the next minute, it strikes, the sticky middle part of the novel. Help! Is there a way out?
  • 'It Rubs the Lotion on its Skin' - If I had a quid for every time a writer advises a newbie to develop a thick skin to survive, I'd still not be rich given the dodginess of the pound.
  • Is There Anybody Out There? - Blogging and writing are initially solo exploits. However when you start engaging and communicating, the blogosphere becomes a whole lot more social.
  • Crushed By A Cheeseburger - This post was entered into the Positive Writer Blogging Contest 2016 and I won! I once doubted my writing ability because of a cheeseburger. Really.
  • Grumpy Git's Disappointing Day Out - As part of our getting to know the area where we live better initiative , the Husband and I visited the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. I wish we hadn't.
  • Writing in the Darkness of Depression - Depression is soul-destroying and can be defeating. I'm thankful that I kept journals through the dark times that will now come to light in my novel.
  • All Hail the Birthday Boy Husband! - Because it makes me look good showing what a dutiful, loving wife I am to wish my husband 'happy birthday' in a blog post. Shows more effort than a crappy card.

April 2016

  • 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.
  • #What You Don't See: Depression Awareness - For Depression Awareness Week, Blurt Foundation are running a campaign: #WhatYouDontSee. Breaking stigmas around mental illness are so important.
  • 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.