Some writing success: I’m a member of the Edinburgh Writers’ Club and yes, living in the Scottish Highlands, I certainly take the definition of a ‘country’ membership to its limits. I originally joined the club about seventeen years ago when I lived in the city, and when I relocated up north I wanted to keep… Continue reading Writing News: January 2017
November is turning out to be a busy month for me. There’s lots of writing and writing-related work to be done. And I’m really looking forward to it all. So what’s on? See below… As well as the final push to complete the first draft of the novel-in-progress, I have both teaching and author talk… Continue reading November Writing News
I spent last weekend at the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) annual conference. As with last year’s conference which I wrote about here, it was well worth the long journey to the lovely Westerwood Hotel near Glasgow where the event was held. Not only did I meet up with fellow members of the Edinburgh Writers’… Continue reading Scottish Writers’ Conference 2016
I’m back at my desk today after a two week, festive season break from all things writing. I’m keen to get going on my 2016 writing plans and projects and to share these with readers of the blog as the year unfolds. Yes, it’s going to be my diamond year, in the sense that it… Continue reading Bring on 2016: Diamond Year
Writing a Book is the Easy Part Writing a book can sometimes seem like the easy part when it comes to establishing yourself as a writer. Building a readership is much more difficult. It is a hard but necessary slog. For all published writers, the marketing of their work is crucial in getting their books… Continue reading Book Marketing and Being Mentored
Source: In The Chair 42 I’m interviewed over at Jan Ruth’s blog today. It was fun to do and I hope you enjoy reading it. You can, amongst other things, find out which character I fell in love with whilst writing him and can you guess my favourite word? Thanks Jan for having me.
The Silver Locket The Anne you know from this blog had a previous life. Oh yes, I’ve not always been Anne Stormont, old bat and writer. I had an earlier incarnation, pre-wifehood, as Anne McAlpine. So it seemed fitting, when I was looking for an author name to go by when writing for children, that… Continue reading The Silver Locket: – 21st century schoolgirl meets Bonnie Prince Charlie and he needs her help.
Writing is both an art and a craft. As such it’s something that requires inspiration, skill, ability and knowledge. So it’s important that writers sometimes leave their solitary garrets and go ‘fill up the well’ . And that’s what I like about attending writing conferences, events and courses. I love the buzz and intensity… Continue reading The Writers Craft: Four Days of Learning
It’s fine to be indie and judging a book by its cover… Seizing the Day and Getting Our Work Out There seemed to me to be the main themes of the above conference held on 27th to 29th March 2015. It was also the year that conference finally and fully embraced going indie as a… Continue reading Scottish Association of Writers Conference 2015
The End of A Chapter and the Start of Another We’ve been home now for four days. Our stint as booksellers-in-residence at the Open Book second hand bookshop is now over for the husband and me. It was a great adventure. We hope we’ve left the Open Book slightly tidier and the stock a… Continue reading Door Closes on the Open Book