How I grew my Twitter following in 4 easy steps

Twitter is a tricky beast; out of all the social media platforms, it was the one I had the most difficulty with.

IMG_0899As you may have noticed I can talk for Britain, getting me to shut up is an art form in and of itself, so when confronted with such a limited amount of characters I struggled. I’m strict with myself in my fiction and nonfiction writing, reading and re-reading and re-reading again, eliminating every unnecessary word but social media is usually where I am less restrained. I see social media as a way to actually connect with people, and my first thoughts were that I couldn’t be my genuine self if I were limiting myself so much.

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‘In The Shadows’ Appears in The Horror Zine

The Horror Zine is now on sale!

My Short Story ‘In The Shadows’ appears within!

Since 2009, The Horror Zine has published exceptional 51nIxFSuZnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_horror fiction by emerging talent and today’s leading authors. Editor Jeani Rector selects only the most inventive and captivating tales for each issue.

In addition to short fiction, The Horror Zine features amazing poetry and artwork. Now The Horror Zine brings yo
u the dark delights from the ezine into a print magazine.

The Summer 2017 issue features James Ward Kirk, Justin Boote, Geoff Nelder, Peter Ferguson Swarr, Liz McAdams, Jonathan Chapman, Aspen deLaney, Ariana Carlso
n, Shawn P. Madison, Donald Glass, Katie Marie, Joseph Rubas, David Draper, Gerald E. Sheagren, Emily Jones, David Subacchi, Mathias Jansson, Teresa Frazee, John Frazee, Charles Gramlich, Denny E. Marshall, Edmund Stone, Eve Dobbins, Ashby McGowan, Robert Beveridge, Tony Daly, Christopher Hivner, Lori R. Lopez, Stephanie Smith, NajuZaith Zahell, Kim Lennard, Vitaly S. Alexius, Shahan Keuork, Anna Pitkänen, DarkSena and Dimitra Papadimitriou.

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Character Study: Ophelia

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While writing my upcoming novel Ghoul, I created a character designed to serve the function of a ‘talking head’ aka someone for Mya, the protagonist, to bounce ideas off. However, I understand talking heads are bad, they result in clunky dialogue that’s obviously just exposition in the form of dialogue. So, with that in mind I tried to turn my talking head into a semi-developed character with her own goals and motivations.

I made this character a Sphinx. I’ve always been fond of a bit of Egyptian mythology, as those who read Amenti will have noticed, and it didn’t take me long to decide where in London my Sphinx would live. She promptly moved into the Egyptian walk of Highgate Cemetery.

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Four Habits of Successful Writers

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All great writers have habits.

Good habits and bad ones. I am by nature a creature of habit, usually, if I can do something for about a month (maybe 2) then I will do it forever unless someone stops me. So naturally I became very interested in writing habits, and how to form good ones. I’ve spent a lot of time researching to emulate the best practices and make myself a better writer.

Today I am going to list my top 5 for you.

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Nonfiction Editing

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As I said at the end of last month, to stop myself losing momentum on my ‘goals’ for the year I am writing a little review of my progress at the end of each month. This report is supposed to show that I’m on track and (hopefully) stop me from getting fed up and grumpy that things never seem to happen as fast as I would like.

But while this might be beneficial to me, it’s annoying as hell to read.

So, I’ve had a rethink and have decided to post a thoughtful little something-or-other based on something that has happened during the month.

This month’s topic …. Nonfiction and editing.

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3 things to do before hitting publish on a Facebook post

facebook_icon_400x400There are several types of Facebook posters.

There are those who post once and never again, those who post excessively about every little thing, and those who post intermittently. There are the over-sharers, the sellers and the meme lovers.

But there’s more to writing a good Facebook post than frequency or style and it takes time to learn what will work for you and for your readers.

Below are my top three points to consider before posting something to Facebook.

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Mythbusting! 5 Writing Myths.

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I’ve been writing since I was in college, well earlier really but college was when I started writing regularly and sending out my writing for others to read.

In the time since I was 16 up to today, I have learned a lot about writing, I’m still learning now and I am excited to look back on myself in the future to see how far I have come since today. There is always more to learn, always more practice to be done and it makes me very happy to know that I will never stop improving. I feel very optimistic when I think about writing in this way.

We are all learning and that learning is very objective. What works for me may not work for you, a ‘writing myth’ to you may be true for me. Today I would like to discuss some of the more common myths that when I read them as a teenager I believed but have now learned are not true, at least not for me.

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Facebook for Writers

sticky-notes-to-do-listI’m a big fan of facebook; I’ve been on it for years and use it as a way to stay in touch with the people that I have met throughout my life. Without facebook, I would not have some of the most important relationships in my life. Doubtless, I would remain in contact with people, but it would not be as constant or as detailed. I could not share the little daily intimacies that make a relationship as strong and cherished. I’m connected to friends who physically live hundreds of miles away from me, and when we do meet up, it’s like we’ve never been apart all because of Facebook.

But when you’re a writer looking to market themselves you need to start using Facebook a bit differently. You need to make a page and gather followers, the more followers you have, the more people will be aware of upcoming stories and books. It’s a great way to advertise what you’re doing to a huge audience for a tiny cost.

But how do you build that audience?

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