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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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A Writing Schedule for the busy professional

Due to an unfortunate series of events, I have found myself without employment this new year and intend to use my newfound time productively. Not only am I hoping to learn how to be more efficient with my writing, but I want to create a schedule I can use when I am back in work too. Unfortunately, Ebook 3 ‘The …

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Creative Writing Advice Everyone Needs

If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing about writing fiction that might make it easier; it would be this. But I can’t, so I want readers to know the secret that they won’t tell you in writing school… Of course, you’re supposed to figure this out for yourself, but read on if you could use …

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Flash Fiction Ghost Stories

Starting with ‘The Tin Can Man’ I want to use a short ghost story in the flash fiction style to serve as both an epilogue to my short story collections and a prelude to what we can expect to see in the next one. Whilst the feedback on Amazon for the first story collection has been overwhelmingly, heart-breakingly positive, people …

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Gwrach y Rhibyn – A Welsh Ghost Story

Gwrach y Rhibyn by Reece Arianwyn The following story is by Welsh illustrator and writer Reece Arianwyn, based on the Gwrach y Rhibyn, a spirit from Welsh mythology, with a modern twist. She foretells the impending death of those with the misfortune to hear her crying at their window at night, or as she flies alongside them, invisible, as they …

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Piss & Wine: The film (with video)

Adapting a ghost story to the small screen and a lesson in personal branding The Why: It came as a surprise to me that Piss and Wine would be the focal point of my first collection. After all, it isn’t called ‘Piss & Wine and other Ghost Stories’. However, the story does have some background that I thought I would …