Category Archive: Inspiration

Jan 18

A Book for Your Business – Business Women: Write a Book and Grow Your Business in 2016 – Workshop 3rd March

In one of my earlier blog posts I looked at the reasons why you should have a book for your business. You can read it here: Top 7 Reasons Why You Need a Book for Your Business. But how do you go about it? How do you find that great idea? And when you’ve found …

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Aug 04

Ten rules for writing fiction

Michael Moorcock

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts.     Here PD James and Michael Moorcock give us their top dos and don’ts for …

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Apr 02

What it takes to start a book and to finish it!

Not being an author myself, I am always fascinated by the writing process and how authors get the ideas for their books and how they begin to write.  I have also wondered how it must feel to finally finish a book you have been working on for months or even years. I put this question …

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Mar 23

Sometimes we need reminding to celebrate!

I was reminded by a contact of mine, Dina Eisenberg of www.speakuppowerfully.com, that VAforAuthors is one year old.  It was something that I hadn’t even thought about, I was so busy just working in my business that it never even crossed my mind to celebrate it! Having worked for myself for quite a few years …

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Aug 08

“Good writing…..

….does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point From a reader’s point of view I would definitely …

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Aug 01

You’re a writer. So…..

I came across the following on Pattie Welek Hall’s website recently and wanted to share it with you. The inspiration comes from K.M. Weiland who is an author of historical and speculative fiction. She also helps ‘writers become authors’. I hope you found that interesting and can gain some inspiration from it.

Jul 27

Does your book have a ‘home’ online?

So you’ve written your book, published it, but now what do you do?  If you already know that you want a website then you are probably asking yourself ‘How do I set up a website for my book?’ or ‘What should my author website look like?’ Here are a few ideas to help you on …

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Jun 19

What are you promoting; You or your story?

I read an article recently by Rebecca Jones about confidence and what it really means, how we can get it and the impact it can have on our business.  I also came across a number of posts online from authors who didn’t feel confident or at ease about promoting themselves online.  These fiction writers wanted …

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Jun 01

Light-bulb Moments – Are you making the most of them? #3

Here is my third post on Light-bulb Moments and how to organise your thoughts and ideas.  You need to act quickly to prevent those brilliant ideas from going back into the recesses of your brain somewhere and disappearing.  You need a way to hold onto those ideas as they occur to you. #3 A Diary Do …

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May 12

Light-bulb Moments – Are you making the most of them? #2

Here is my second post on Light-bulb Moments and how to organise your thoughts and ideas.  You need to act quickly to prevent those brilliant ideas from going back into the recesses of your brain somewhere and disappearing.  You need a way to hold onto those ideas as they occur to you. #2  Ideas Book. A …

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