Guest blogs. Are they worth doing?

What I’ve learnt from writing guest posts for other people.

This year I’ve written three guest blogs, and contributed a small section to a fourth one. I thought it would be useful to reflect on the process and consider what value, if any, came from writing these pieces. The posts were all based on my coastal walking adventures, but covered a number of different topics:

  • Wales: as seen through the eyes of a “foreigner”.
  • Solo walking: why more women don’t do it, and why they should.
  • Challenges: setting your own.
  • Footpaths: their importance and why I value them.

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June Update: 5 year writing project

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

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

I’m making progress on my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, with an anticipated publication date in June… maybe.

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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Goal update – January 2015

The passage of time has really helped me to take an objective view of my novel. Now I know what to do and am making the necessary changes.

5 Year Writing Goal: January 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. This is my update on progress this month with my novel, The Reluctant Scribe.

My most recent – and most helpful – critique was by a retired professor of English literature. She suggested my character needed more reflection and more internal dialogue in certain places. And she thought the ending was too abrupt (another reader made the same comment).

I printed off the whole thing and read it through again. It’s 5 months since I last did this, and the passage of time really helped me take an objective view.  The final decisions made by my main character seemed obvious to me at the time of writing, but with the benefit of distance I realise that the story would be made stronger with more exposition.

Showing is great. But sometimes you have to do a little telling too!

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Five Year Writing Goal: Beta readers

I am very grateful for all the comments on my first draft. I have let this feedback bubble away in my brain. Next week I will sit down and begin to make amendments.

Five Year Writing Goal

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. This is my monthly recap on how I’m doing.

First step: write the first draft. Tick!
Second step: edit the first draft. Tick! Now I have a second draft.
Third step: find beta-readers. Tick!
Fourth step: write third draft. About to begin.

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