Why every writer should be a blogger too

If you are serious about writing, you should be blogging too.

Ruth Livingstone, writer, blogger, authorFirst of all, blogging forces you to WRITE and allows you to publish your own writing instantly, The immediacy of the work and reward system create a virtuous cycle.

Virtuous Cycle: You write a blog post. You publish it. People read it. You feel great because people have read your work. You write another blog post… etc. Continue reading

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Five Year Project: August update

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I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

Forget the novel! Today I have some great news!

Walking the English Coast: a Beginner’s Guide, is published.

At long last, you might say. And it does seem I’ve been working on it for ages.

Front cover,600The book is now available as a glossy paperback, published with the help of I_AM publishing, who have been working patiently with me for many months.

  • It’s 246 pages long
  • Contains over 30 photos and illustrations
  • A chunky 7″ x 10″ size (18cm x 25cm approx.)
  • And costs a mere GBP 14.99 (USD 32.99)

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Five Year Project: July update

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

I’ve been sending my historical novel to agents: The Reluctant Scribe, set in the Tang Dynasty of China. This month I made some progress, with one agency asking to see the full manuscript. Unfortunately, they recently decided it wasn’t for them.

There are several other projects I ‘ve been working on. Here’s an update:-

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Ruth Livingstone, writer, non-fiction

Piece published in BBC Countryfile magazine

Really thrilled to have a short piece accepted and published in the August edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine, for a special feature on ‘Coastal Wonders’. I wrote about the magical island of Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, a place that nobody outside Anglesey seems to have heard of.

My visit was memorable for two reasons:

  1. The island has a fairytale, ethereal beauty.
  2. And because I ended up falling into a water-filled ditch.

You can read all about my trip on the coastalwalker.co.uk blog.

Having your work published is always a thrill, but is doubly exciting when it’s in a prestigious publication such as Countryfile Magazine.

Ruth Livingstone, published article, Countryfile Magazine

June Update: 5 year writing project

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

Most of my attention over the past few months, however, has been focused on getting my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, ready for publication.

And there are several other projects I ‘ve been working on. Here’s an update:-

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May Update: 5 year writing project

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

But this month my entire focus has been on getting my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, ready for publication.

My original intention was to publish this book in May, ready for the summer hiking season. That deadline has, of course, slipped. Maybe it will be published in June… maybe.
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April Update: 5 year writing project

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

I am supposed to be sending my finished novel, The Reluctant Scribe, out to agents. But, instead, I’ve been focusing on my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast.
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February Update: 5 year writing project

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

Last month, I reported I was sending my finished novel, The Reluctant Scribe, out to agents. This month, however, I’ve been focusing on my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, and preparing the manuscript for its first major external edit.
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January update: 5 year writing project

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

It’s two years since I joined the project and, although I have finished my novel, The Reluctant Scribe, I’m still collecting rejections from agents.
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