Last Thursday I faced quite a challenge in my career, something I didn't think I had to do again since my days in University (when I attended in my early twenties, not the Open Uni). I had to public speak to 90+ people!! I initially told The Princes Trust no but then I thought to… Continue reading Princes Trust Fundraiser
As everyone knows, I've been supported by The Princes Trust since October 2016 to help grow Nabu to a full time income. The only reason I joined the Trust was to get access to a business mentor (I genuinely didn't even know they did funding until I had attended their enterprise course!) Before I joined… Continue reading Why You Need A Business Mentor
I've been trying to get to grips with social media lately, mainly because I know my literary gifts are pretty, but I am just a little bit pants at marketing them. I have done tons of research over the past few days, and there's quite a few things I found out which I will begin… Continue reading Social Media
People start blogs for many reasons — from promoting their business to documenting their travels. For some, blogging is a form of service: by sharing their stories, they hope to help others. Here, four bloggers reflect on what motivates them to inspire others through their writing.
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Every time I would put my pen to paper, I felt as if it allowed me to explore a new part of me. It allowed me to feel alive in a whole new sense.
There are so many people out there, and each of them has a story. And it’s really heartbreaking to see that every day, millions of stories die without ever being heard. I feel that it is my responsibility as a human being to bring these stories together, to…
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This morning I read a blog by Business Insider that took a look into how people were turning hobby's into business, some even enough to pay the mortgage, via Etsy and I thought to myself, at what point do you consider what you do a 'real business'? As an Indie designer using several platforms, including… Continue reading Turning Etsy Into A ‘Real Business’ With Target Sheet
Depression A year ago I was made redundant, and found myself suddenly thrust into the unknown, a single mum to my then two year old son. Being 29, and working since I was 16, I panicked. I was already in my second to last year at the Open University (six years in total) and I… Continue reading Depression, Etsy, Writing & Business
If one of your new years resolutions was to write a novel, but you still haven't gotten round to it, here's a brief guide from start to finish. Set time aside It may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people are more in love with the idea of being a writer than actually doing… Continue reading How To Write A Novel – Step By Step Guide
You've spent your waking hours perfecting the hero of your novel. You know their traits inside out, how they dress, their likes and their dislikes. You've spent so much time on your perfect protagonist, why not the same for your antagonist? Great villains aren't remembered just because they did evil things. To make a villain… Continue reading Creating A Villain For Your Book
When creating a story, we tend to think of it as a sort of overwhelming whole rather than small little chunks that make up that whole. By approaching and tackling your story a scene at a time, you'll soon find that you will have it finished in no time. Here's a list of what to… Continue reading How To Write A Scene For Your Story
When creating characters, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine how they should speak to each other, how to set it out, and most importantly how to keep the reader engaged. The following tips can assist you when writing dialogue for your story or novel. One sure fire way to create a scene and allow… Continue reading How To Write Engaging Dialogue