Thursday, 6 August 2020

Quest to go Wild Foraging (Part Two)

Wild foraging is back!

This month I've discovered apples in an ancient orchard in one of the nature reserves I often frequent, as well as blackberries.


Monday, 20 July 2020

New Resource & Giveaway Alert: The Occupation Thesaurus Writing Guide Is Here!

I've blogged about Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers before (The Emotion Thesaurus, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, The Urban Setting Thesaurus and the Rural Setting Thesaurus), and guess what? Yup, they're releasing another new thesaurus! Yay!

Angela and Becca are hijacking my blog today, and they're here to tell you a bit about their Writer's Showcase event, new book, and a great freebie to check out.

So...hijack away, ladies!  😀

Certain details can say a lot about who someone is, like a character's goals, desires, and backstory wound. But did you know there's another detail that can tie your character's arc to the plot, provide intense, multi-layered conflict, AND shorten the "get to know the character" curve for readers?

It's true. Your character's occupation is a GOLD MINE of storytelling potential.

Think about much time do you spend on the job? Does it fulfill you or frustrate you? Can you separate work from home? Is it causing you challenges, creating obstacles, or helping you live your truth?

Just like us, most characters will have a job, and the work they do will impact their life. The ups and downs can serve us well in the story.

Maybe you haven't thought much about jobs in the past and how they act as a window into your character's personality, interests, and skills. It's okay, you aren't alone. The good news is that The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers is going to do all the heavy lifting for you. You'll be able to pick the perfect job for them and discover how to weave it into the very fabric of the story. (Here's one of the jobs profiled in this book: FIREFIGHTER.)


To celebrate the release of a new book, Becca and Angela are running a giveaway from July 20th and July 23rd. You can win some great prizes, including gift certificates that can be spent on writing services within the Writer's Showcase. Stop by to enter if you like!

Resource Alert: A List of Additional Jobs Profiles For Your Characters!

Some of the amazing writers in our community have put together additional career profiles for you, based on jobs they have done in the past.

What a great way to get accurate information so you can better describe the roles and responsibilities that go with a specific job, right?

To access this list, GO HERE

Happy writing to all!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Quest to go Wild Foraging (Part One)

This month I've had the pleasure of meeting up with my sister for a socially distanced walk, and we came across several cherry trees laden with cherries in one of our local parks. I've never been wild foraging for cherries before, so this was an enjoyable experience - free, tasty food!

We returned a few days later with my niece and nephew (who've featured in a previous blog post - my, how they've grown!) and picked some more.

Have you ever been wild foraging?  What did you pick?

Friday, 8 May 2020

75th Anniversary of VE Day

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and many people have entered into the spirit of the occasion by decorating the outside of their houses with bunting and flags.

In this time of lockdown, isolation and uncertainty, they brought a smile to my face as I walked the streets in my neighbourhood for my daily exercise. One woman had even dressed as a land girl with dungarees and a head scarf!

Monday, 20 April 2020

Quest to 'Chase the Rainbows'

In these weird, weird times, children in lockdown across the UK have been drawing rainbows on their pavements or in their windows to spread joy and positivity; they lift the spirit as you 'Chase the Rainbows'!

Here's a sample of ones I've seen so far:


How many rainbows have you spotted whilst you've been out?

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Happy World Book Day!

Now in its 23rd year, World Book Day’s aim is to give each child and young person a book of their own so they can develop a love of reading.

All across the land millions of book tokens will be distributed by the charity to exchange for one of ten exclusive, new and completely free books. Schools that participate have resource packs full of ideas and activities for the day, and children are encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character. See how many Harry Potters or Katniss Everdeens you spot walking to their schools today!

Happy World Book Day!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

WriteOnCon kidlit writing conference – 21st-23rd February 2020

This weekend, I’m attending a kidlit writing conference, and the beauty of it is that I don’t even need to leave the comfort of my own home! WriteOnCon is an annual online conference split over an event-packed three days. There are a mix of blog posts, Q&A sessions, workshops, discussions and pitch events all geared towards kidlit writers (anyone can attend, though, as a lot of advice will be universal). There’s still time to register, and there are different tiers of attendance, depending on your requirements. This year, I’ve gone for Extended Admission, which gives me access to the full material for a month after the conference has ended – plenty of time to catch up on events I may have missed during the conference itself (there are only so many hours in the weekend, after all!)

The forums are up and running, and you can polish your Twitter pitches, queries and the first 500 words of your manuscript with the aid of fellow writers. There’s even a ‘Supers’ district where agents, editors and professional writers might drop by to give feedback. I’ve earmarked several events in the schedule I definitely want to attend, and I’ve also thrown my hat into the ring for feedback on my query in one of the live pitching events.

It’s going to be a helpful (but intense!) weekend – hope to ‘see’ you there!