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More On Deadlines

Today, I'm featured on the Work From Home Wisdom website talking about deadlines. Have a look.

Tuesday Choice Words

I haven't got to the stage of worrying about cover design yet in the process of creating my novel but this article, by J D Smith on the Writers & Artists website, explains The Importance of Cover Design.


Photo Inspiration for April


This week and next, I'm on holiday. Or rather my children are on holiday from school and I'm organising (although school holidays do release me from ironing school uniform and making packed lunches so I get a bit of a break too). For me, holidays have always been a time of family coming together. There are days out, days in, maybe travel to another country. The majority of my most memorable holidays have involved the beach - ice cream on the Yorkshire coast with my parents, my first taste of 'abroad' at a beach barbecue on Majorca, my one year old daughter's widening eyes as she dipped her toes in the sea in North Wales (her first holiday).

The photograph above reminds me of a holiday to Canterbury with my family. My husband was working there and for a week, my children and I joined him. While he worked, we would spend time in the city, visiting the Cathedral, the museums, the ceramics cafe, and the park. When he was finished, we would drive out of Canterbury. One evening, we drove to the coast. We bought ice creams and sat on a seabreak on the beach you can see above, all four of us snuggled together on a drizzly day, as happy as I can remember.

What about you? What do beaches and holidays mean to you? What do they inspire you to write?

 

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7 Ways To Work To A Deadline

2014 has been a wonderful year for my murder mystery script writing business with three commissioned plays so far. Fitting the writing of these three scripts into four months has meant working to a tight schedule to meet customer deadlines.An added complication is the fact that I work from home and juggle my work hours around my…See More
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Fi Phillips replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"My monthly photo inspiration post is about the beach and holidays - http://fionajphillips.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/photo-inspiration-for-april.html"
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"My monthly photo inspiration post is about the beach - http://j.mp/1iLlczV"
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"Do you wear rose tinted spectacles? Can writers earn a living from their literary creations? http://fionajphillips.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/rose-tinted-thinking.html"
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"A new series on my blog - writing exercises. The first one is about a memory of food - http://fionajphillips.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/something-useful-for-2014-exercise-no-1.html"
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Who I am:
Wife, mother, writer. How much better does it get than that?
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
http://www.murderingthetext.co.uk
http://fionajphillips.blogspot.com/
http://about.me/fiphillips
http://seehearam.tumblr.com
https://www.pheed.com/FiPhillips

Twitter - Mystery_scripts and fiswritinghaven
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
A whole host of plays for my company Murdering The Text
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I write plays for Murdering The Text.
My writing is:
Fiction, Plays, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Occasionally review books on my writing blog.
Services I offer to other writers:
My writing blog is there to discuss writing related issues along with my own adventures in the literary world.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Blooming Late Authors
My professional associations:
Member of Giant Potential.
I found out about She Writes from:
Other writer blogs.

Hello

My name is Fiona (Fi). I'm a forty something mother of two and wife. For years I worked as a PA/administrator/secretary to support my habit - writing. I've always been a dreamer, an observer of people and a creator of worlds.

You'll usually find that I'm writing a novel but since 1997 I've been penning murder mystery plays for my business, Murdering The Text with two occasional co-writers. I write a blog to accompany the business, a writing related blog, and my personal family history research blog.

I lead a very full life, writing, working, networking and creating in between looking after my two children and their two guinea pigs.

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7 Ways To Work To A Deadline

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:17am 0 Comments

2014 has been a wonderful year for my murder mystery script writing business with three commissioned plays so far. Fitting the writing of these three scripts into four months has meant working to a tight schedule to meet customer deadlines.

An added complication is the fact that I work from home and juggle my…

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7 Ways To Keep Your Writing Rich

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 5:17am 3 Comments

That's rich like a good coffee, sumptuous chocolate or the deepest red of a velvety rose, not rich as in financially overflowing (although that one would be good too). How do you achieve and maintain the quality within your writing?

1. In the competitive world of Nanowrimo-esque word counts, it can be tempting to…

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7 ways to survive NaNoWriMo

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 4:18am 0 Comments

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1. Plan your book



I don't necessarily mean write out a chapter plan but at the very least sketch out an idea of where your story will go, the barest bones of its plot. You don't have to keep exactly to this plan but at least you'll have a guideline to start from.

 

2. When will you write?



It's all well and good to announce that you're going to take part…

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Beating Off The August Monster

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

It isn't even June and yet I'm already counting down the days until the summer holiday begins. No more getting up at 6am. No more preparing packed lunches, reading school newsletters, or scouring the house for change to pay for miscellaneous school fees. It will be peaceful, restful, and above all organized.…

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At 8:11am on September 22, 2011, Samantha Anastacia said…

Hello Fiona!

Thank you so much for joining my group Blooming Late!

I had a look-see at your blogs! They are wonderful! I appreciate too that you wish to be a guestblogger on my blog. Also please take a bit of time and introduce yourself to the group in th Kick It Off discussion as well as list your wonderful Blogs in the OUR GROUPS BLOGS pages section to the left of the main group page.

Feel free to look around at the many discussions we have going and feel free to participate! I would really like if you could also list this last particular post from your "magical" blog in our comments section for everyone to read as the group really should read this!

You will also see that we have a wonderful group of ladies here that are in varying levels of the writing journey who are a great source of support, encouragement and inspiration for your writing.

Ver glad you are here and WELCOME to my group!

Samantha Stacia

At 4:21pm on January 20, 2011, Pauline Frederica Kiernan said…

Hi there Fi,

I'm delighted you've joined Writing a Screenplay.

Look forward to sharing.

All good wishes,

Pauline

At 12:16pm on January 12, 2011, Heather Blanchard said…
I've been a member for a while but been dormant. Now it's the new year I'm eager to get really stuck in with my writing and get active on here.
At 2:21pm on December 1, 2010, M Kathy Brown said…
A lot more than I did! I didn't even try - lol.
At 8:57pm on November 24, 2010, M Kathy Brown said…
Did your novel make it out of the cul de sac!?
At 9:14am on November 12, 2010, M Kathy Brown said…
Can you give me a glimpse? a title perhaps? or...
At 7:21am on November 12, 2010, M Kathy Brown said…
Way to go! You reached Day 12's word count goal!! Noticed your post and just wanted to back you up :~)
At 7:12pm on November 4, 2010, Barbara Fischkin said…
Thanks you for accepting my friendship!
8,000 plus words. Wow some people take years to do that. They shouldn't.

Jodi: I saw your message below. None of us are crazy. It just looks that way to other people who are not compelled to write.
At 12:11pm on November 2, 2010, Jodi O'Donnell-Ames said…
Thanks for adding me. So, I was reading all that you are doing and thought:

"Wow, this woman's crazy."

Then I reminded myself that I am an EMT, nanny, writer, teacher, massage therapist and personal assistant. Hello!"

My mind observes everything and forever curious! Sound familiar?

Jodi
At 11:20am on November 2, 2010, Anjuelle Floyd said…
So glad you've joined ”Why Do You Write & What Is Your Process?”
We have a wonderful group of members. I encourage you to read their profiles and visit my blog that lists the essays members have offered in answering the question that is the name of our group.
I encourage you to consider submitting an essay where you answer the question.
This is a great way to introduce yourself and a good promotional opportunity.
I also post the essay and picture (yours) on my personal blog.
To be featured forward your essay and picture to: nepadfwriter@yahoo.com
Again, I am glad to have you joined us and hope your time here will provide encouragement and helpful information about writing, publishing and all that good stuff.
Take care.

anjuelle
www.anjuellefloyd.com Imagination is the key to freedom.
The author's job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination and that of others.
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/keeper-of-secrets/
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