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2023-09-22 17:00
I'm doing something a little different today. I turned 42 earlier this year and it hit me hard because this was the age my sister was when she died.  So I looked back on my life and tho… Read More
Ep 182 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-09-20 17:00
Where you write can certainly make a difference, so in this week's episode Rachel and I ask and answer the question: “How Do You Create A Productive Writing Environment?” Read More
Ep 181 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-09-13 17:00
We are going into the book today on this week's podcast episode, as we are discussing book formatting and I personally share a few pet peeves about formatting. Rachel and I ask and answer th… Read More
Ep 180 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-09-06 17:00
According to the RCP (Royal College of Psychiatrists),  ADHD affects about 3 to 4 in every 100 adults.  This condition can cause a number of problems for writers so in this week's… Read More
September Goals 2023
2023-09-01 17:00
August was a little rough. Not just for goal work, but everything. We were dealing with our sick cat, so lots of vet visits, being exhausted and getting very little sleep which messed with m… Read More
Ep 179 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-08-30 17:00
Today we are talking about a plotting system, specifically the one that I have found the most useful. We may look at getting guests on the show who use other methods to discuss them and give… Read More
2023-08-25 17:00
I am currently going through some personal stuff, so am not able to give more time to writing my usual writing articles. Hopefully, that will change soon. Also, since this month resulted in… Read More
Ep 178 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-08-23 17:00
Happy Wednesday! Are you ready for another podcast episode? Today Rachel and I are discussing middle-grade novels as we ask and answer: “What Are The Characteristics Of A Middle-Grade… Read More
Ep 177 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-08-16 17:00
Have you ever considered writing in the genre of horror? Or maybe you just want to add some flashes of horror to your manuscript, then check out this week's podcast episode where I am joined… Read More
Ep 176 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-08-09 17:00
Time for another podcast episode. Today we are talking about word counts. A lot of writers track their word counts but just how important are word counts? This is what Rachel and I are discu… Read More
2023-08-04 17:00
We are in the 3rd quarter of the year, times for more goals. Quarters are great for reminding me to look back on my actual yearly goals and keep track of myself (it doesn't always work, my b… Read More
Ep 175 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-08-02 17:00
There are a lot of traits that can help writers, strong imagination, self-discipline (laughs), determination etc. Today on the podcast, we are joined by author Kyle Robertson who talks about… Read More
Let’s Talk About Death
2023-07-28 17:00
This post was meant to be a Writing Update. But today is different. Today is the 3rd anniversary of my sister's death.  And right now, I just want to talk about it. Trigger Warning: Sui… Read More
Ep 174 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-07-26 17:00
Happy Wednesday, people! We are back with another podcast episode and today Rachel and I ask and answer the question: “Do You Annotate Your Books?” Read More
Writing Echoes: How To Avoid Echoes
2023-07-21 16:59
Originally posted on Story Empire: Pixabay image Greetings, Storytellers. Diana here today to talk about echoes in our prose. Echoes aren’t always as obvious as the echo in my title, t… Read More
Ep 173 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-07-19 17:00
Join us in today's podcast episode where we discuss the concept of Vanity Metrics in regard to social media, what they are and why you need to think about them in regard to your own platform… Read More
Ep 172 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-07-12 17:00
Happy Wednesday! We are back with another episode and this week Rachel and I are asking and answering the writerly question: “What Is Therapeutic Writing?” Read More
July Goals 2023
2023-07-07 17:00
I am jumping into July with a lot of vim and vigour (I hope). I have plans, ideas and even a routine set up. All I need to do is follow through, not always easy for someone who has the focus… Read More
Ep 171 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-07-05 17:00
Social media has been in our lives for a while now. It connects people around the world and opens up a whole new audience. But how important is social media to writers? This is what we discu… Read More
The Write Life June Update
2023-06-30 17:00
June wasn't the most productive month for writing due to my taking a mini hiatus following a family visit. But the urge to keep writing was bubbling away (always a good sign). One big issu… Read More
Ep 170 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-06-28 17:00
I'm sure we have all disappeared down a rabbit hole while researching, so that is today's podcast topic when we ask and answer the question: “How Do You Avoid Going Down The Rabbit Ho… Read More
The Bare Minimum Checklist
2023-06-23 17:00
Originally posted on K.M. Allan: While checklists are a great way to whip your MS into shape, the thought of running through a vast set of tasks when you’ve just completed an MS after… Read More
Ep 168 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-06-14 17:00
Welcome back to another episode of the podcast. Today, Rachel and I are discussing character profiles and asking about adding religion to a character: “Should Religion Be Included In… Read More
How I Got My Writing Groove Back
2023-06-09 17:00
Our lives change in different ways. It's important to roll with the changes and adapt. I've felt for a long time that my writing has been struggling and the things I tried didn't seem to las… Read More
Ep 167 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-06-07 17:00
Do you love a good antagonist? Considering writing one into your story? Then give this episode a listen as we are joined by special guest Justine Manzano as we ask her: “How Do You Cr… Read More
2023-06-02 17:00
What the hell happened to May? I have been wracking my brains to figure out what I did during May and honestly, no clue!  Other than working on writing (a lot!) but other than that - it… Read More
Ep 166 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-05-31 17:00
Have you ever thought about where your published book will be one, five, or even ten years from now? That is what we are talking about today as Rachel and I ask and answer the question: &ld&hell…Read More
2023-05-26 17:00
I didn't do an update at the end of April, this is because I tanked doing anything in April. But May has been a lot more productive.  In case you're new here, the last Friday of (almos… Read More
Ep 165 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-05-24 17:00
When is it time to let a story go?  We like to discuss different thoughts on subjects and while we have, I believe, done an episode on turning bad ideas into good ones and keeping your… Read More
Creating A Desktop Wallpaper
2023-05-20 17:00
I love doing fun things when my brain decides everything else is too boring or overwhelming. So when I spotted someone on Insta who talked about making their own laptop wallpaper on Canva my… Read More
Ep 164 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-05-17 17:00
Welcome back to another podcast episode. Are you considering self-publishing your book? Then give this episode a listen as we are joined by special guest author Mckenzie Burns as we ask her:… Read More
How To Create Your Own Ambient Sounds
2023-05-13 17:00
Sorry for the late post, I was behind schedule with my blogging hence why this is going out today (Saturday) and not it's regular day (Friday). Can you write with music on?  Not every… Read More
Ep 163 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-05-10 17:00
Just how well do you balance the things in your life?  That is what we are talking about today as Rachel and I ask and answer the question: “How Do You Balance Writing And Life?… Read More
May Goals 2023
2023-05-05 17:00
April was not a good month for me, technically.  In terms of how many goals I completed, it was woeful. However, the fact my biggest headache (paper purging) was finally completed and I… Read More
Ep 162 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-05-03 17:00
Today on the podcast, we welcome three guests - Rich Hosek, Arnold Rudnick and Loyd Auberbach as they discuss: “How Do You Transform An Unproduced Screenplay Into A Novel?” Read More
How Important Is Flow?
2023-04-28 17:00
yself a deadline to do a huge paper purge (by booking a Shredding company to come to my house).  Well, it worked, I charged through my paperwork like a bat outta hell! And during this… Read More
Ep 161 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-04-26 17:00
Today we are talking about types of stories, and I'm not talking about "Heroes Journey" etc.  Instead, it is the four main categories that stories can fall into. Give it a listen here a… Read More
Ep 160 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-04-19 17:00
We are back with another episode of The Merry Writer Podcast and today we are discussing organising multiple novels! Both Rachel Poli and I write a lot so have multiple manuscripts, so we ar… Read More
Ep 159 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-04-12 17:00
Welcome back!  In today's episode, we are talking about bad ideas!  I know, we all like to pretend all the ideas we have are just diamonds... but they aren't.  But that's why… Read More
April Goals 2023
2023-04-07 17:00
March was not a great month, my partner and I contracted the flu and were bedridden for a week while another week and a half left us exhausted. So while I didn't get all my goals completed… Read More
Ep 158 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-04-05 17:00
In today's podcast episode, we are joined by our special guest Troy Lambert who shares with us his advice on writing as we ask: “How Do You Handle Multiple Plots and Story Arcs?&rdquo&hell…Read More
2023-03-31 17:00
rite Life" update where I discuss what I've been working on. March was not a great month as I ended up catching the flu, and then before I was 100% better, my partner came down with it. So… Read More
Ep 157 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-03-29 16:00
Welcome back to the podcast, in today's episode we are all about Foreshadowing.  What it is, why you might want to use it, different types etc as Rachel and I ask and answer: “Ho… Read More
The Domain Battle
2023-03-24 19:47
If you tried to visit my website (outside of it popping up on Reader), you may have received a connection lost message over the last few weeks.  This is also why there was no blog post… Read More
Ep 156 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-03-22 18:00
NOTICE: If you are seeing this post, then I assume you saw it on your Reader.  I am currently having problems with my domain name so my website when searched for or typed into the URL… Read More
Ep 155 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-03-15 18:00
We are racing ahead with more episodes and on today's show, we are talking Deus Ex Machina, it's one of those topics that can annoy me so I had to chat about it as Rachel and I ask and answe… Read More
Ep 154 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-03-08 18:00
Happy Wednesday!  Today is for all those who want to try plotting/planning.  So for all your pantsers who have no interest in plotting, this one is not for you.  Today, Rachel… Read More
March Goals 2023
2023-03-03 18:00
February was definitely a harder month, goal-wise, and not just because it was a shorter month.  The weeks just seemed to fly by and it was difficult to stay on track. But in the end, I… Read More
Ep 153 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-03-01 18:00
Today's episode is a sillier one, as I get on my pedestal to bemoan the As You Know, Bob trope that I truly hate.  Not sure what that is?  Then give it a listen as Rachel and I ask… Read More
Ep 152 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-02-22 18:00
We are back with another podcast episode, this one is a little different.  We run through a number of terms you may come across in the writing industry.  So Rachel and I ask and an… Read More
Ep 151 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-02-15 18:00
Today's podcast episode is about habits and questioning why some writers struggle to make the act of writing an actual habit.  So Rachel and I ask and answer: “Why Do We Fail At… Read More
The Task Game
2023-02-10 18:00
My brain doesn't always do what it's meant to.  Keeping it on track and focused is a full-time job because if I'm not careful, my crazy brain drifts off into daydream land or it is dist… Read More
Ep 150 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-02-08 18:00
Welcome back to even more Podcast-y goodness!  Since we have been organising and scheduling our guests for the year, we thought it might be good to talk about being a guest on a podcast… Read More
February Goals 2023
2023-02-03 18:00
I was actually super happy with January.  Despite Covid's best attempts to thwart me, I came out on top!  Huzzah.  I hit almost all my goals and the one I didn't almost hit!&n&hell…Read More
Ep 149 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-02-01 18:00
We are back with another podcast episode and today Rachel and I are discussing that wonderfully annoying issue of procrastination, as we ask and answer: “Why Do Some Writers Procrasti… Read More
The Write Life January Update
2023-01-27 18:00
So, I decided that at the end of every month, I would do a Writing Update on this blog.  The idea was that it would help keep me accountable and also keep me on track.  Let's get s… Read More
Ep 148 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-01-25 18:00
It's Wednesday again, so that means we are back with another episode of The Merry Writer Podcast.  Quick reminder, if you are interested in being a guest, check out the details below th… Read More
Shut Up And Write The Book (Book Review)
2023-01-20 18:00
This is the first Craft Book by author Jenna Moreci, the dark romance fantasy author.  Shut Up And Write The Book is a step-by-step guide to crafting your novel from plan to print.&nbsp&hell…Read More
Ep 147 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-01-18 18:00
We are back with another episode of The Merry Writer Podcast!  Don't forget, if you are interested in being a guest, check out the details below the video featured in this post.  R… Read More
January Goals 2023
2023-01-13 18:00
I ummed and ahhed about whether I still wanted to list my monthly goals as a blog post.  When I first started doing it a few years ago, it really helped, but then 2021 kinda derailed me… Read More
Ep 146 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-01-11 18:00
Happy Wednesday, people!  It's time for another podcast episode, and on today's show Rachel and I ask and answer: “What Are The Stages Of Writing A Book?” Read More
Hello 2023, Let’s Take It Easy
2023-01-06 18:00
Before writing this post, I took a look back at last year's "Hello" post which was titled "Don't Get In My Way" and to be fair, the year didn't.  But I sure as hell did.  I got ver… Read More
Ep 145 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2023-01-06 17:06
Not sure why this didn't appear on Wednesday, on this blog. So I'm throwing it up now. (My normal Friday Blog Post will be appearing at its usual time). This the first podcast of 2023 and… Read More
2022-12-30 18:00
As we close the page on 2022 and look ahead to another year, I am back with a Yearly Wrap-Up.  I find it very therapeutic to look back over the last 12 months, at the highs and lows tha… Read More
Ep 144 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-12-28 18:00
Welcome to the last episode of The Merry Writer Podcast for the year. And as has become a bit of a tradition, we have collated several of our blooper-y outtakes into a short episode for you… Read More
2022-12-25 15:30
To all you awesome people who visit and read my blog, Thank you kindly for all your support, encouragement and friendship you have given to me over this year.  It means the world to m… Read More
The Problem With Goals
2022-12-23 18:00
If you know me, you'll be looking at that title, scratching your head and going 'You? You think there's a problem with goals?' because I love goals.  I, for a long time, shared Monthly… Read More
Ep 143 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-12-21 18:00
Just a quick reminder, we are now looking at booking guests on the podcast for 2023. So if you are a writer (published or unpublished, editor, book cover designer, formatter or anyone else… Read More
While I Was Away
2022-12-16 18:00
This is just a nice quick post for December where I share the Podcast Guest Episodes that went live during my hiatus, along with a shoutout to several author friends and their books that wer… Read More
Ep 142 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-12-14 18:00
Happy Wednesday everyone. Today's episode is about book reviews, we know one of the best things you can do is leave reviews for authors and in this episode we discuss several places you can… Read More
Advent Train Stories: The Annual Giving
2022-12-09 18:00
Following one of our Advent Train Story writers pulling out, my partner generously agreed to step in and write a piece.  He is a great writer though he rarely does it so I was super hap… Read More
Ep 141 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-12-07 18:00
Yes, I am back to my blog and that means back to sharing The Merry Writer Podcast episodes, every Wednesday. Today's podcast episode is another Would You Rather episode, with this being a… Read More
Advent Train Stories: Hero
2022-12-02 17:37
This is my Flash Fiction for the Advent Calendar Stories Train.  I'll admit, despite this being my project and that I chose the theme, I struggled.  Short fiction pieces are still… Read More
2022-11-30 17:00
Yes, I am back!  I seriously needed that hiatus and am coming back refreshed.  Now, back in May, I put up a blog post about a Collab Project called the Advent Calendar Story Train… Read More
2022-07-01 17:00
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the post I made back on 13th June.  I was raising the question, "do I need to make a change?" I decided to spend the following two week… Read More
Ep 118 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-06-29 17:00
Happy Wednesday! Today's podcast episode is all about Book Publicists, what they are, what they do and why they might be someone you want to hire: "What Do Book Publicists Do?" Read More
Ep 117 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-06-22 17:00
Ready for another podcast epsiode people? We are back with another Marketing Episode and this week, Rachel and I are asking (and answering) the question: "How Do You Identify Your Ideal R… Read More
2022-06-17 17:00
Thought I'd do something a little different for today's post and share some photos.  I always get inspired when I visit Linda's blog: Walkin' Writin' Wit & Whimsy, Linda always take… Read More
Ep 116 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-06-15 17:00
In today's podcast, I was sadly unable to join Rachel but she had the chance to chat with our guest, author Yecheilyah Ysrayl. Yecheilyah talks all about writing black historical fiction… Read More
The Bookworm Tag
2022-06-10 17:00
Okay, so it's been forever since I did one of these posts.  I like throwing them up on the blog every now and then so when I spied this one, recently, I thought, well why the heck not! Read More
Ep 115 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-06-08 17:00
We are back with yet another podcast episode, who would have thought we'd have kept going this long! On today's podcast, Rachel and I ask and answer the question: "Do Writers Really Need B… Read More
June Goals 2022 | Monthly Goals
2022-06-03 17:00
So, May was busy.  With family visiting towards the end of the month, it was quite the race to get the work finished on our house before they arrived.  Shockingly, it got done!&nbs&hell…Read More
Ep 114 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-06-01 17:00
In today's podcast, Rachel was sadly unable to be with me but I was joined by our guest, author I. L Cruz. She discussed her insights on writing fantasy. Enjoy the podcast: "How Do You Ap… Read More
How I Handle My Instagram Account
2022-05-27 17:00
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that over the last 14 or so weeks, my feed looks different that in used to.  There is a little more cohesion, an overall style and co… Read More
2022-05-20 17:00
As the weather get's warmer, I like to continue my "spring cleaning" by moving from actual cleaning to more keeping on top of specific things.  This is a good annual OOT (I know technic… Read More
Ep 112 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-05-18 17:00
It's podcast time again and Rachel and I have been talking about killing our darlings! That's right, it's time to talk about killing off characters (and other ways you can remove them...but… Read More
Ep 111 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-05-11 17:00
It's time for another podcast and today we are looking at whether it's a good idea to let family and close friends read our manuscripts. Do you agree with our thoughts? Let us know as we a… Read More
May Goals 2022 | Monthly Goals
2022-05-06 17:00
It's goal time once again.  April was a whirlwind we didn't fully expect and actually I have a week during this month when my family will be visiting so I technically have to get all th… Read More
Ep 110 | The Merry Writer Podcast
2022-05-04 17:00
Today, we welcome onto the podcast, special guest author Sacha Black! Sacha is in the hot seat as we discuss writing craft books and she shares her tips: "What Are Some Tips For Writing Cr… Read More

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