Let's face it - we've all grown up with a whole slew of preconceived ideas of what it might mean to be an artist. Here are some of mine: I'd be poor. I'd have to have another full time job, and keep my art as a side gig. I wouldn't as good as my scientist … Continue reading Designing your life as an Artist
Donna Barker is a writer, but chances are you've never seen her name on a book (not counting her debut novel "Mother Theresa's Advice for Jilted Lovers".) That's because Donna is a ghost writer - which is an area of writing shrouded in mystery. I for one didn't know much about it until I interviewed … Continue reading Ghost Writing – It’s not as scary as it sounds
Fiona Ingram, author of the award-winning children’s adventure book The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. She also writes Regency romance novels under the pseudonym Arabella Sheraton. We talk about Self-publishing, writing under a pseudonym, and creating your own success.
Donna Barker, technical ghost-writer, award-winning author of quirky women’s fiction and creative entrepreneur is the inaugural guest.
Yesterday, I painted the cherries that form the header image for this blog. Nothing fancy, but I've been wanting to do them for ages and just didn't. They seemed too simple. In fact, I didn't even bother doing them in my watercolour sketchbook - that being kept for more complicated projects. No, I painted them … Continue reading Why complicated is easier than simple
A few years ago, I attended a writers workshop with a publisher. Hanging on the presenter's every word, I was hoping to find out what kind of writing, and writer, makes the cut. However, for a writers' workshop, very little was said about writing. Right. So becoming a published writer has little to do with … Continue reading The Introverts Guide to Platform Building
When we emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand, we decided that we would only bring with us that which could fit into a box. No furniture, big toys or bookshelves. (I just have to say that I had a truly lovely set of bookshelves. Little boxes in mahogany wood, with a ladder!) I still … Continue reading On graphic novels
If I could come up with a new word for "affirmations" I would. Not just a synonym, but one of those clever words that catch on as the latest greatest thing, but when you learn more about it, you find out it's only the same steady, good advise that's been practiced by many successful people … Continue reading Affirmations for writers
Writers block... something most writers are all too familiar with. It presents either as no ideas at all, or tons of ideas that disappear as soon as we try to put them on the page. Frustration, anyone? I had a client, years ago, who simply could not get the words out of her mind onto … Continue reading How to overcome really stubborn writers block
A few months back, I started a self-imposed writing challenge because I felt stagnant in my writing and overall creativity. Prior to the challenge, I was reading a book on writing, and even though it didn't inspire me, there were about 5 writing prompts at the end of each chapter with the instructions to choose … Continue reading What I learnt from forcing myself to write daily