Why historical fiction for me? And which genre for you?

It fascinates me that there is such a range of genres in fiction and non-fiction and that people can be so tempted by some and so repelled by others. Crime, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, comedy, horror, and more – there’s no accounting for taste. Today I’m going to talk about why historical fiction calls to me. But I would love to hear what draws you to your favourite genre too!

Having sampled many different genres over the years, I have come to identify historical fiction as my top choice in both reading and writing. I enjoy historical fiction because Continue reading

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Book First? Movie First? Or Does It Really Matter?

I’m really curious to know where people stand on this!

I am primarily a book-before-the-movie person. For me, it’s about experiencing the story in its original format – I want to embrace it the way the author imagined it, not the way the director interpreted it. I do love to see the adaptations afterwards but I prefer my first encounter to be with the words on the page.

When comparing the two versions, I find Continue reading

A Decision Has Been Made…

Well, I’ve thought long and hard about this and I’ve finally come to a resolution on the issue of the G. And the decision is that I’m going to let it go.

My main reason is this: my ultimate goal is not to be a blogger but a published writer, therefore my name needs to be in an appropriate form for the cover of a book, regardless of whether that book might end up being traditionally published or self-published. Think about it – have you ever seen Continue reading

Should I Lose The G?

I am having something of an identity crisis.

Writers, particularly writers who self-publish, have to build very heavily on their brand – and their brand is their name. The most successful writers (King, Rowling and the like) can sell a book based on their name alone – people will buy it without even knowing what it’s about, simply because they know who wrote it and they know that person’s writing is good.

For the smaller fish in the sea, it is important to Continue reading

Is Self-Publishing The Way To Go?

Up to this point of my writing ‘career’ (maybe that’s a laughable term but I’ll use it with a measure of dignity anyway), I have solely focused my efforts on getting published the traditional way: through an agent and a print publisher. Recently, however, I’ve started considering other options – specifically, going down the route of self-publishing. With this in mind, I decided to sign up to the Self-Publishing Day hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre, which took place on Saturday 31st January.

This was definitely a good decision. There was such Continue reading

What I’ve Learned So Far…

As we come to the end of another year, I feel like it’s a good opportunity to take stock of where I am in terms of my writing endeavours and to assess what I have learned so far (emphasis on the so far bit – there is no end to the possibilities of what is out there, as-yet-unknown).

While I have had some small achievements this year, I am still sadly unpublished, so what I am about to write here is by no means an all-knowing guide. It’s just a reflection of my own personal experience of the writing world, containing Continue reading

A Trove of Information in the Writing World

I know I’m not the only person out there working hard to try and get published, so I just wanted to share a post with my thoughts on a gem of a book which is looked upon as a writer’s Bible in this industry – the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.

I have the 2012 edition but it has been published every year since 1906 and it is aimed at every type of writer imaginable: novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, journalists and even illustrators. Basically, it is a very practical guide to the writing world, providing information Continue reading

The Smell Of A Good Book

I had great pleasure in doing something very simple today. I walked into a bookshop and breathed in.

Regrettably, it has been quite a while since I last experienced this phenomenon but nothing about it has changed – there was still that same feeling of anticipation and the sense that hundreds of worlds of possibility were tantalisingly close to my fingertips; all I had to do was reach out and seize them. I was vividly reminded of Continue reading

Vice, Thy Name Is Procrastination

Procrastination is a thing as evil as Sauron or Voldemort or Fox Network cancelling Firefly. How is it that I will gear myself up for a day of writing and then all of a sudden decide that there are a dozen other things that I need to do first?

Of course, doing the laundry is something of a necessity in this life, as is the grocery shopping. You could argue that checking email is also vital – what if someone has sent an urgent message and is waiting to hear back from me? But checking Gmail naturally leads to Continue reading