Young Adult, my new writing direction.

August 1, 2016 hollie8985 What's happening in my lifeWriting Adventures

I’ve known for a while, something was, not right with my manuscript. I had edited and read, reread, I’d added and changed the atmosphere as well as descriptions and inner thoughts of the characters. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t get that sparkle, my characters just felt wrong. So, I walked away for a […]

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Brexit, good or bad and does it matter?

June 25, 2016 hollie8985 In my opinion

I’m not usually one to discuss politics in public, I believe it’s a conversation for two situations. Either passing comment in public, “did you see the news? So and so did/said this” or in private between trusted friends and family. I say, trusted because in far too many cases differences in political opinions can ruin […]

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A new look for your writing jigsaw

May 23, 2016 hollie8985 Writing A JigsawWriting Adventures

I’ve known for years that when you edit your own work, it’s a good idea to make it look different. When you read the same words repeatedly, sometimes just once or twice, you stop seeing the words and your brain reads what it thinks should be there. It auto-reads, which is great if you’re making […]

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A Beagle Update

May 10, 2016 hollie8985 What's happening in my life

When you first met Daisy in December she was an underweight, withdrawn, scared little beagle. Now four months later Daisy, affectionately named Dinky is developing into the most rewarding dog we have ever owned. Don’t get me wrong we have loved all our puppies, and they have all brought something individual to our family. There is […]

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Character Jigsaw Pieces

April 11, 2016 hollie8985 Writing A JigsawWriting Adventures

I have been sick for the last month or so, my concentration lasting no more than about 10 minutes here and there and not helped by the concoction of medications my doctor likes to give me. It has given me the time to sit back and think about my manuscript in small sections, what is […]

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Can killing your darlings improve your book?

February 6, 2016 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

I’ve heard this phrase for years and always, wrongly, presumed it referred to characters. Any part of our books we’re attached to are our darlings, a cleverly worded comment, a magical paragraph or even a full scene. In the last few days, I’ve been looking at all the unpublished contests being run by various RWA […]

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What are one (or two) writing projects you want to accomplish this year?

January 23, 2016 hollie8985 Round RobinWhat's happening in my life

The biggest project I want to accomplish this year is polishing and finding representation for Finding Tahra. The polishing stage starts Monday morning so that part should be easy enough to achieve. I need to find critique partners who I can work with comfortably. I’ve been researching and have discovered writing the same genre as someone […]

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During the sometimes hectic holidays do you find it hard to find writing time?

December 19, 2015 hollie8985 Round RobinWhat's happening in my life

Sorry, I am late with this post, it should have gone up first thing this morning, it’s lunchtime and I’m only just writing it. I think that answers the question really. I usually try and be organised, have everything planned and ready for the start of December. But then I see this in a sale […]

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Writing Tips

December 7, 2015 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

Any author will tell you the secret to a good book is to keep the reader engaged. Which simply means, you don’t bore them. It doesn’t matter if that’s with facts, backstory, info dumping or repetitive words, too much or too little and the reader may lose interest. A story has to be fresh and […]

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Companies who go the extra mile, thank you Barclaycard

November 26, 2015 hollie8985 In my opinionWhat's happening in my life

I have always felt that customer service is more than worth paying that little bit extra for the peace of mind. Today I came home to flowers from Barclaycard because they know I have been ill, and it isn’t a company I pay extra for the service. It’s simply a company who goes that extra mile. […]

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