Ghost story collection now available

The City of This: The Collected Ghost Stories of Alex Boast At long last, the entire collection of Ghost Stories by Alex Boast is now available in one place on Amazon, for the first time, including a story based upon true events. A paperback version is to follow. Dear Reader, It brings me great joy to inform you that the …

Common Nightmares and what they mean

I don’t believe anyone who says they sleep soundly through the night; we all have nightmares. It would appear that myself and a few others are plagued with them. Sigmund Freud and a few other psychologists believed that they were the subconscious coming to life in our sleep, and whilst “The Interpretation of Dreams” Isn’t lauded for its clinical acumen, …

Writing and Mental Health – What I learned at #UnbrokenFest

Mental health and writing, like alcoholism, have always gone hand in hand. One need only consult the life of Hunter S Thompson or Charles Bukowksi to understand it is the same thing. I wanted to discover though – outside of these glamorous, fictional representations of transgressions of the mind, how creativity and mental health fit; and sometimes work together, in …

Writer Nightmare Attention Deficit

The Attention Deficit: A Writer’s Nightmare

Inside and outside the workplace, a writer – ever the introverted, quiet type – must deal with the difficult matter of attention and its two methods of delivery: giving and receiving. “Attention: the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/attention Attention then, clearly, is ever sought after, not just by writers but by all members of the …

Instagram for Writers and the difficult ask for reviews

It can be done. I know it can be done because I have seen it done. If it can be done, I can do it. I will do it. Will I succeed? Probably not, but I’ll have a bloody good go.   Writers like Robert M Drake have used the power of Instagram to become bestsellers, win publishing contracts, and …

3 vital conversation hacks for the writer journalist

I used to HATE describing myself as a journalist – ever since one of my first freelance clients, an independent music producer, described me as one – but I’ve since learned the hard way nobody knows what a copywriter is, and everyone is a little bit of a journalist; they just aren’t very good at it. When my new(ish) employers …

2017: The novel, the album, more failure

  I am one of those idiots. Hurtling into a future of my own making that I like to pretend was down to someone else. The fact is, if I don’t do it, nobody else is going to do it for me. So why blame others when things go wrong, instead of myself when they don’t go right? My writer …

Anti-Social Social Selling: How I’m Failing

If there’s one thing I’m not good at, it’s selling books.  I don’t carry a business card, I don’t tell anyone about it, I don’t even have Instagram. But I do believe in “social selling”, because it is a real thing. Social, online or off, sells. I probably shouldn’t publish my records to show it, but when I’ve been out …

The Impact Formula – Visibility, Credibility, Authority

I learned a lot of valuable business lessons from one of my first managers – a Cranfield University MBA graduate – that helped shape my career as both a marketer and a writer. Since then (it was over three years ago), I have thought a lot about his wisdom and teaching, applying my own experience and intuition to create what …

busy writer 2016

Being a “busy” writer in 2016

We’ve all heard it before: someone you know or work with is “too busy”. “Busy” has become the desired outcome – a trump card. We’ve forgotten the very negative connotations of its actual definition: engaged in, involved in, employed in, working at, labouring at, toiling at, slaving at, hard at work (on), wrapped up (in/with) Despite not living or working in Japanese culture – where employees often …