If You Love Writing It, People Will Love Reading It!”


“If you love writing it, people will love reading it!”

I’ve heard this piece of writing advice so often and really believe it.

It’s something that seems to come through in certain novels, when you first start reading – the energy, description and general enthusiasm of the writer is contageous and before you know it, you are living and breathing the story as as though you were there.

The characters dramatically come to life and whenever you finish a chapter or put the book down temporarily, it’s hard to separate yourself from what you’ve just read.

This truly is a very special writing gift that some authors have.

Losing yourself in a novel is a wonderful experience as we all know – and when that story has been carefully crafted and cherished by the writer, it makes the reading experience even more special.

I hope that whatever you are currently reading, is taking you on a journey every bit as wonderful as the writing journey its author travelled on!

Happy Writing!

Julie X



Dear Diary….


I’ve decided to buy a 5 Year Diary.

After reading this suggestion in this month’s Writing Magazine, I considered the idea and knew that having a Diary like this, to plan out my writing plans, deadlines and commitments, is the way to go.

Scribbled post-its and hastily written notes are not the best system to use, when you are trying to keep a record of writing competition deadlines and cut-off dates for submission briefs!

I like to think I’m (usually) quite an organised person, but when it comes to having ideas rattling round in my head and creative decisions to make, plans can just go out the window!

I’m a bit of a “List Maniac” and find that keeping a To Do List is a big help for the day-to-day stuff – but when it comes to planning a bit more long-term, I think, for me at least, investing in a 5 Year Diary for future writing schedules, might help with the tsunami of post-its which often occupy my desk.

So I’m off now to do a bit o Diary shopping on the internet….I just hope that when I have this crisp, new Diary in my possession, I’m organised enough to use it!

Happy Writing & Reading!

Julie X

10 Myths About Being A Writer


Mean & Moody – That you wander around all day in a smoking jacket and cuddling your cat, staring moodily out of the window (Hang on, isn’t that Blofeld?)

LoadsaMoney! – That you are very rich.

Name Dropping – You know JK Rowling.

Ooh Matron! – That you write erotica.

Do I Know You? – That you always feature people you know in your work.

Cough! – That you chain-smoke and drink copious amounts of coffee.

Richie Rich – That every writer has a lucrative book deal.

Easy-Peasy! –  That writing a book isn’t difficult…..!!

I’m Stuck! – That Writer’s Block doesn’t exist…..it does IMHO!

Write All The Time – That writers can write anywhere – I can’t!!! Writing at home for me is a nightmare. I go to my favourite tea room instead and write there.

Would love to hear your Writer Myths!

Happy Writing and Reading!

Julie X



Taking Your Writing In Hand


For me, writing my first draft in a notebook is best.

I know every writer has their own way of doing things, but the thought of staring at a blank, white screen fills me with terror. It’s bad enough staring at the pages of a blank notebook!

I find writing my first draft down and then typing it up on the PC, so that it can (hopefully) then be polished and knocked into shape , makes me think I am more in control (ha!) of my writing.

It also makes the writing process, for me at least, seem a bit more creative and adaptable somehow. The physicality of carrying around my notebook and pens is a comforting thought.

I have a brown box file on my desk and it is currently groaning with three new notebooks that I will be filling with my ramblings at some point. The notebook I have got lined up to use next, is covered in multi-coloured love hearts (Thank you Amanda – it’s lovely!)

My current notebook is almost filled with the first 19 Chapters of my WIP….two empty pages left! (Kind of sad in a way!)

Happy Writing everyone and whatever way you choose to write, I hope it brings you as much joy as it does me!

Julie X


It’s All About Chemistry!


What is it about a literary leading man that makes our hearts hammer in our chest?

Is it his bravery perhaps? Or the deep, meaningful stares and his determination to do the right thing?

Whatever his traits, attributes and weaknesses, the right literary Hero can sweep us and our protagonist off our feet.

As some of you may know, I am an avid fan of romantic comedies (not only do I write them but my TBR pile is heaving with them!)

The leading men in novels such as these, catapult me into their world, where I can examine their every thought and move and live through their adventures.

They can seem so real, so human, that it is quite literally breath-taking to read about them and that is such a great and beautiful writing skill to possess.

Hazel Osmond’s “Jack Wolfe” is a case in point, as is “Riley,” another of my favourite book Heroes, created by Jill Mansell.

The chemistry they share with their female protagonists is spell-binding too.

So let us raise a glass to all those literary Heroes out there! There wouldn’t be such a love and demand for the wonderful romance genre without them.

Happy reading everyone!

Julie X



Same Old Scene?


Having a change of scene of writing venue seems to have given me renewed ideas and motivation.

Like many writers, I find it extremely difficult to write at home. There are just too many distractions and I procrastinate like mad!

A new tea shop opened up near us about a year ago and just recently, I decided to take my notebook in there and work on my WIP. I found the pretty pastel surroundings; the chinking tea sets and mouth-watering array of baking calming yet encouraging.

To my surprise, I ended sitting in there for almost two hours with a pot of tea and a mini cupcake (I managed a bit of self restraint!) and wrote around 1,000 words.

Since then, I have frequented the little tea shop almost every day.

Just on Friday, I sat in there again and penned another two chapters of my WIP.

The welcoming hospitality of the family who own it; the soft background music of artists such as Adele and Ed Sheerin and the general, relaxed atmosphere is something I look forward to.

So as another working week starts again, guess where I’m planning to go for (hopefully) another productive series of writing sessions?

The only down-side is the tempting array of baking….think I might have to wear dark glasses when I order my pot of tea…!

Happy Writing everyone – wherever you are motivated to do it!

Love Julie X


Healthy Competition


Entering writing competitions was not something I used to do very much at all.

I think I got distracted by other things or convinced myself that, statistically, I probably stood very little chance of being successful anyway.

However, in recent weeks, my view has changed.

I subscribe to a writing magazine and a couple of months ago, it advertised a poetry competition. The subject was “Changing Seasons” and as I hadn’t written any poetry for a while (if you exclude the greetings card verses I write) I decided to give it a go.

Imagine my delight a few weeks later, when I got the latest issue, to discover that although I hadn’t won, my entry had been short-listed.

It really gave my “writing competition streak” a boost and since then, I have entered another two poetry competitions and also a short story competition.

Ok, so I might not win or even get short-listed. But I really enjoyed putting pen to paper and writing something different from the greetings card verses and romantic comedies that I usually write.

Reading the winning entries was enjoyable and educational too. The standard was amazing and really allows you to compare what you wrote and see where you can improve your own work.

So if you see a writing competition which appeals to you, why not give it a shot? Variety is the spice of life and even if it’s asking you to write in a genre you’ve never tried before, you might find you enjoy it – you may even possess a talent for another branch of writing you never realised you had!

Good luck with those entries!

Julie X