A would-be-novel-writer during my teenage years, for some reason I wrote poetry instead but never showed it to anyone.

Later in life, the urge to write a book still burning slowly in the background, I entered NaNoWriMo, wrote an outline of a book in 50,000 words and then didn’t know what to do with it. Until, that is, I discovered Holly Lisle’s How To Revise Your Novel.

I learned a lot about writing from this course and became excited when I ended up with a plot and characters I loved. So I did Holly’s How To Think Sideways course and learned a whole lot more.

Life, as always, throws curveballs but I kept writing with a determination which surprised me; and this time, with much trepidation, showed my work to others.

Then came news of a local competition which I entered with a story of 200 words; the maximum limit, winners to be published in an anthology. With support from my husband – who critiqued the finished story and then nagged me (yes, it was definitely nagging!) to send it in – I was thrilled when my story was one of the winners. I’ve just received a copy of the book and seeing my work in print with my name on it has been an amazing experience. It has given me a wonderful confidence boost.

As Holly would say, “Onward”…with another short story (7000 words this time) and that NaNo Novel which I need to finish revising and let people read!


My other interests are many and include walking in the countryside, reading, gardening, knitting, cooking (when I’m in the mood for it), history, surfing the net, watching films with sub-titles, and talking with friends.

If you want to find out what else I get up to, then see my other blog – and please feed the fish while you’re there 🙂


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