The One Biggest  Misconception People Have About Writers

Hi everyone!

Just a short, motivational post originally from my Instagram page that I wanted to share about misconceptions about writing.  

I think people believe writing a novel is just a combination of having creative ability and a couple of spare minutes to write it. In fact it’s weeks, months, years of honing your ability and then drafting, preparing, planning, writing, editing, THEN finding an editor, trying to get published, hoping it will do well, then rinse and repeat for future books. 

But I know if your willing to put the work in, you can do it! We don’t need luck, we have talent and determination! 

Let’s do this!

Happy writing!

J x


3 Ways You Can Make Your Word Count Really… Count!

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Hi everyone!

We’re all guilty of this one thing. The one thing that can help you achieve your goals, but can also let you down on so many levels.

We’ve all done it. Whether it’s for a university assignment, or a project, or a personal goal of writing a short story or novel, we’ve had a certain word count we’ve needed to hit and we’ve done everything within our means to reach it. I know of people who wrote “a a a a a” for as many words as they needed to and coloured it in white, just to attain their goal.

But what we should remember at all times is one of the most well known rules of writing…

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Your Own Brand of Magic


Hi everyone!

Today, I want to talk about uniqueness.

The other day I was re-re-re-re-reading the Harry Potter series, in total awe of how J K Rowling ever managed to imagine the ridiculously intricate world that is brilliant and realistic at the same time. Then, even though creativity isn’t a limited supply, I started doubting my own writing skill. I could never, in a million years, create an environment as fantastic as Harry Potter’s.

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Getting Organised


Hi everyone!

So this week, I decided to up my writing game and get organised. Let me tell you how.

When I get in from work on a night, even if writing is the last thing I actually want to do, it’s what I try to do. However in my home I have no dining table, coffee table, or any space to get my head down and write, write, write. Having my neck bent in half to type with my laptop on my knee, the TV blasting right in front of my face, trying to tempt me away from my goals.

After a couple of weeks of trying to make this work for me, and failing, I went straight onto Gumtree to see if anyone was selling a desk. What I needed the most was a space that was mine, just for writing, where I can focus and concentrate properly. A bubble.

The desk you see above this writing is the fantastic one that now resides in my living room. The chair is more comfortable than my sofa (this says more about the sofa than the chair, trust me) and it faces away from the TV and at a plain, blank wall that helps me to think deeply.

Since I’ve gotten it, I’ve felt more like a real “writer” – which is stupid, because if you consider yourself a writer, you’re a writer – and like I’ve invested something tangible, not just time, into my passion. I have a desk complete with all of notebooks, pens and a beautiful, decades old book of fables I keep visible for inspiration.

It’s even helped me feel motivated enough to get back into Blogging, which I’ve always loved and dabbled in but now is something I need to get into, to streamline my thoughts, to learn about the process of writing, and to network and hopefully get some online presence for when I have my first story finished and attempt to have it published in whatever form.

The lesson from this for you could either be, if your motivation is failing somewhat, to get a desk or a set space in your home purely for writing where you can’t be disturbed. If you already have somewhere appropriate, why not reorganise it? Change up the decorations, display inspirational quotes and photos, clean it if its needed it for a while. Pintrest is going to be your best friend for this one.

Happy writing!

J x

PS: The irony of this post being, of course, that my neck now hurts from twisting mid-sentence to watch this truly terribly reality show on TV right now. Do as I say, not as I do.