Creative and Freewriting

Holding the book …

I was excited to receive by UPS yesterday, the author copies of Sacred Tears.

Holding the paperback and hardback versions in my hands was the realisation of a long standing dream to become a published author.

There is a saying that everyone has a story in them, but I was once told that most people would be best advised to keep it there.

Writing Sacred Tears made me realise just how hard […]

Last chance to get it ‘write’ …

After carefully going through the galley proofs I received from my publisher I was amazed that I was still able to find some errors. After all, these were the final files which would be used for printing the book.

What surprised me was that even after being edited and proofread by professionals, and my having read the final copy at least half-a-dozen times, I was still able to find small […]

By |September 13th, 2013|Editing and Proofreading|Comments Off

The importance of reading

One of the most important things I learnt quite early when writing Sacred Tears was to not stop reading.  I was under the mistaken belief that to write, I had to clear my head completely of anything else but what I was writing about.  But Sarah quickly dispelled that thought and asked me to read, read and read some more.  She explained that it is impossible to be a […]

Final edit received

Just received the final edit from Sarah and her report is encouraging as ever.

“What a good rewrite you’ve done! You have really tightened it up. The story is much more taut and pacy. Everything that was working well before is now allowed to shine. Your action is better than ever and the details of setting, especially in the jungle, is very good.”

But she also cautions me, “there are some issues to be resolved […]

By |March 16th, 2013|Editing and Proofreading, Reviews|Comments Off

Getting there

Just received a progress report from Sarah who is editing my latest manuscript. She has completed about two thirds of the work and should have it ready by the end of next week the latest. Cannot wait! In the meantime I am working on preparing material for the website which is being developed by a friend of mine.

My first book …

Sacred Tears is my first attempt at writing a book.  Coming from an information writing background, I needed to transform into a creative writer which I did with the help of a published author. Sarah Armstrong, an award winning Australian radio and TV journalist, decided to become a full time author and went through the same process I am going through to change her style of writing. Her critically acclaimed […]