Sunday, 23 February 2014

Just too much trouble!

I've enjoyed having my blog here with Blogger in all the years I've been blogging. BUT! and there is always a 'BUT' just lately, I've had problems with uploading pictures. I've followed the guidelines to fix these problems but...

See just another BUT. With no success, so now I've moved to Wordpress.

If you would like to read my blog and continue following me on my journey, which I hope you will then please drop by 'From Short Stories to a Novel in 2014'   Everything is the same only difference is you get to see my pictures and photographs I've upload.

Best wishes to you all and thank you for following me on my writing journey.

Paula R C.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Oh, to read a book that has the X-factor!

Shipping News
A Wonderful book

At the RNA meeting on Thursday we were asked ‘What books have we read recently has stay with us?’ For the life of me, I couldn’t think of one and I read a book more or less every week.

Yesterday, I stood looking at shelves of paperbacks in a shop. I don’t know about you, but don’t you wish that you could find a book that makes you go ‘Wow’. I’ve read lots of great books, but none just lately has stayed with me after I’ve closed the cover.

Here are four I’ve loved more than most.

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller made me cry.
The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is so clever and brilliant.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is the book I wish I had written.
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, I never wanted the book to end.

These books are to me, five-star reads. There is just something so powerful about them, in not just the writing, plot, or voice. They touch something deep inside of me.
With the ‘Bridges’ it was the fact that their love was never going to be, it’s unattainable, but still it lived and breathed within them. Five People  was about how our lives touch each other without us knowing. The Shipping News show me that everyone has a story in them if you just look at it in the right way. The Garden was about how the past and present lives in all of us and we can’t escape it.

To me, these books show it’s all about how the story touches you. Others can read the same book and not feel what you feel.

I have, like many readers, a large collection of to be read books by my bed. Everyone I’ve picked up and read so far has made me turn to the next page to see what happens next. I’ve been happy to finish the book, but none of the stories I’ve read just lately have stay with me, not even the authors’ name, which I might add I’ve written down so I can remember that I have read the book.

I guess what I’ve learnt so far about writing is: No one can write a bestseller only write what you feel and hope its powerful enough to move other and touch them deep inside to stay with them when they close the book.

Have a great day,

Paula R C

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Too Much to do, too little time to do it.

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I woke this morning unable to get my head off my pillow. Russell 'bless him' left me sleeping this morning after I went and got him a coffee and crawled back into bed at 5.00. He told me I should stay in bed.

"NO, I have work to do, two short story and a novel to write."
"Stay there, I love you lots."

At eight, I woke with a bl**dy cold, where the hell did that come from! I'm now sipping a lemon sip extra strong with honey hoping to shift it.
Doesn't the world know I don't have 'time' for colds. I need a clear mind to find the right words to write a master piece.

A artist must suffer for their work.... Who the hell said that?

Hope you have a great day.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Eggs in Basket

Is it just me or is the world becoming more difficult to understand. I'm finding so many things are becoming linked to other things that if one thing doesn't work then nothing works.

My blog is linked to Google, Google is linked to Google + and so on. It's driving me crazy as I find I'm not enjoying writing my blog especially when I find I can't upload pictures. As a sign keeps popping up to tell me all sort of strange messages which when I follow to put whatever is wrong which it right, nothing happens, but it still keeps coming back. In the end I give up and have gone off to started another blog somewhere else.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind learning something new, but the saying 'Don't put all your eggs in the same basket' keeps coming to mind. If everything is linked together what happens when one part crashes do we lose everything?

Paula R C. 

P.s I will still be posting on here as I enjoy using blogger.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Just Keep Writing

I know much has been written about making time to write. As a fairly new writer, and yes after writing for eleven years, I’m still new to the game, I understand how hard it is to find time, but like all careers, hobbies, or businesses you only get out what you put in. The harder you work at something the better you can become.


When I first started writing I was very new to all aspects from the skill of writing to the world of publishing. Leaving school at sixteen with no basics understanding of English grammar other than there’s a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and full stop at the end and my spelling was awful. I knew I had a lot to learn if I was going to get one thing published before I hit 50 years old.


After making up my mind about my challenge at the age of 39, I gave myself ten years, and started by buying every book I could on ‘how to’ and started reading.  250 books later on everything from understanding English grammar to ‘How to write a novel, I know I’m not expert, but the one thing I have learnt is that no amount of daydream will make my dream come true. It’s all about making time to sit and write.


I know I’m lucky that my husband has given me the chance to have the time to write full-time, after I took redundancy from my job, but still I have to run a house, do the washing, ironing and cook his meal. I also chose to grown my own veggies too.


Aah-ah, you may say but I have to work full-time, and yes, I do understand that, because I’ve been there and got the t-shirt too.


It all about making time, I wrote in my tea and lunch breaks. I got up an hour earlier and wrote in the evenings too and made sure I found time at weekends. I found the my need to write grow stronger and until people understood how much it meant to me. After years of people laughing behind my back about the silly pipedream of mine, there are those who have had a smile wiped off their faces. Though I have yet to have a novel published, I am much closer to have that dream fulfilled than I was eleven years ago.


The key is hard work. To just keep going and believing you can do it.  

Friday, 10 January 2014

Finding your way.

Like all things in life, you have to learn to find your way. Like this new blog of mine, I’m find it tough going. Everything is new to me apart from the writing. What’s tough for me is how to use it to make my writing shine through and give someone something to think about after reading it.

    Like everyone else, my unknown reader will have lots of other more important things on their mind than just my posting. I guess it’s like writing a short story or a novel. You need to make it outstanding to lodge in their mind so they find themselves thinking about it even when they don’t want too.

     Ah-ha… I hear you say, now if we all knew the answers to that everyone would be doing it.

     So true, but here’s the thing. How many times have you read something which has stay with you even after you’ve closed the book?

     Personally myself, not many. Sometimes a film will stay with me much longer, but I think that’s different from writing. Seeing something we have no control over is far more powerful than reading a written word. where you are creating the image in your own mind.  This is why they say a picture is worth a thousand words.   Why drawing and art was first created by man and the written word came afterwards.  Why as children we are shown picture books to learn language.

    So now we know we need to make our words stronger and more powerful, to create a lasting mind picture in our readers’ minds.
    Tough isn’t it.
    If I find out, I shall let you know :-)

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Making New Waves in 2014

After spending the last 10 years learning new skills, well, basically how to writing short stories, I now feel I’m ready to start branching out into novel writing. This isn’t to say I haven’t had a go, in fact, I’ve completed two.

My two novel have been out and about, but something wasn’t right with them. Truthfully, I’m fully aware why they weren’t taken on by agents or publishers. I think it’s to easy to dismiss what others may tell you and head straight to self-publishing to prove them wrong, but I knew in my heart I too would not be happy to see my first two novels published today.

Having seen my short stories published by others has given me the confidence to know that a editor will tell your what’s right or wrong with your work just to make it the very best it can be. I’ve found this has helped me to improve my writing abilities, which will in turn improve my chances of seeing my novels published by one of the big six . Like all skills, you have to serve your apprenticeship before you can become the master.

This year will, I hope be the year I see my new novel set out on a journey to be published. So far I have written the first 12k words, and its synopsis. So I hope you will follow me on this trip.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Save Our Ancient Woodlands

Real English Bluebell in a Small Ancient Wood near me.
Save our ancient woodland! How much more of England has to be lost before someone realises there's isn't anything left of olde England to save.

There are a huge number of old buildings which are standing empty in parts of Britain that could be reused to create housing for people needing homes. Instead building luxury apartments for wealthy people why not build afford apartments for first time buyers.

Most of the houses built in the ancient woodland would be sold to wealthy people, and I guess they would be foreign buyers too. I remember when the council housing was sold off to finance the building of new social housing, but that never happened, and I can see the same thing happening here. 

 Just another quick rich scheme at the cost of England.

Paula R C.