My first publications of the year are in the current issue of Writing Magazine (which, because magazine publication is weird
I hope you enjoyed Christmas – or maybe you’re still celebrating? We had family guests for several days prior to Christmas and on the day itself, but they’ve all gone now, along with my excuses not to get on with some writing!
As I’m going to
Whatever you celebrate, or even if you don’t, I wish you well for the end of this year and many happy moments in 2020.
I have a new writing book out! Isn’t it pretty? And to prove it’s useful too, here’s the blurb …
All writers need ideas. We need topics and themes, prompts to get started and a little encouragement to keep going. New writers may be wondering where to begin, daunted by a blank page and want help to transform thoughts into fiction. Even the most experienced have dry periods when ideas don’t flow, or times when they appreciate a push to try something different.
Patsy Collins’ methods are proven to work. She’s employed them at workshops where she’s never failed to get her attendees, from brand new and nervous to burnt out, not just writing but producing interesting scenes, snippets and stories.
Each of the daily sets of prompts in this book have been used in some way by Patsy, to create her own work. She needs a lot of ideas as she’s completed five novels, co-written From Story Idea to Reader (an accessible guide to writing fiction) and produced nineteen collections of themed short stories, averaging two dozen per book. Hundreds and hundreds of her short stories have been published – mainly in women’s magazines. She blogs, writes articles, wins competitions and is always working on something new.
Whether you’re a new writer, or a more experienced one temporarily out of ideas, have hours to fill or just five free minutes, you’ll find something in this book to help get you writing – every day of the year.
It’s available as an ebook for £2.50 ($3.22) or a paperback for £6 ($7.74). Buy it here.
One of my stories is in the Ireland’s Own Christmas Annual 2019. I do like their illustrations – they’re always so reassuringly traditional, which I feel somehow gives the stories a timeless quality.
Do you fancy having me
I’ve been away at our friends’ wedding, which was onboard a ship en route to America! It’s lovely to have people help out with my romance research in this way … um,