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Busy, busy, busy!

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by Kate Jack

These days, I seem to be busier than ever, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Take yesterday, for instance: I had to take the car in for its MOT, which it passed, attend a hospital appointment, squeeze in some writing, and finally tackle the next module of an online course in marketing, I’m doing.

All this was a little slowed down by having to take the bus to and from the garage to go home after delivering the car and then go pick it up. I don’t live far from the garage, but can’t walk it, because of my dodgy foot. I’d not used to getting the bus, as I normally drive everywhere. I’d forgotten what a pain in the rear public transport is. I explained to the peculiarly unhelpful bus driver that I’d not used my electronic pass before and he simply stared straight ahead, whilst I swiped the damn thing over the pad and it failed to respond. After the 3rd attempt it worked. Embarrassed and angry, I limped to a seat and swore continuously under my breath at the driver, cursing him and his descendants for decades to come.

That said, the rest of the day went really well. I got quite a lot of writing done and sailed through the course module with ease. I’ve found, these days, that it’s becoming increasingly easier to set goals and stick to them. I’ve discovered a newfound determination to succeed and hopefully I will. 😀

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Are you afraid of success…

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 5, 2017 by Kate Jack

… as a writer?

I remember when I first got the email from my publisher , saying that they were prepared to publish my Books , a feeling of elation almost overwhelmed me, along with – of all things – emotions of fear and sheer panic!

I suppose it was fear of the unknown and a natural disinclination to draw attention to myself. But on the other hand, I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was a very young child. The big difference is, though, that most of my childhood stories were for my consumption alone. The thought of taking my ideas and dreams into a public forum was scary!  Making up stories for oneself is very different from sharing them with others: fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, and last, but not least, fear of failure.

Fear of failure can stop people from even trying to achieve their dreams and it’s such a shame. Yes, it can be a tremendous blow when we don’t succeed, but surely it’s better to try than just bury our heads in the sand and never know what would have happened if we’d just tried?

As a writer, I’ve yet to become a roaring success and I almost stalled when I received that email, but I took a deep breath, signed the contract and a few months later, almost wet myself when I saw my first book on Amazon 😀

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So, even if I never have another book or story published, I will continue to write, and yes, continue to dream my dreams 🙂


How to climb the stairway to success?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2013 by Kate Jack

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How do you climb the staircase to success as a writer? Well I don’t think there’s a definitive answer. Luck plays a big part in rising from the unknown through to a bestseller. Being picked up by a big publisher seems to be the best way, since you’ll get a marketing team, editor, proof readers and so on. Having said that, trying to get picked up by one of the famous publishing houses it next to impossible, a huge amount of luck is needed.

Then again, would you want to be picked up by one of these institutions? I always thought I did, but quantity, not quality, seems to be the name of the game these days. I’m not going to name names, but fairly recently published works seem to owe their meteoric rise to fame and fortune due to the raunchy contents, rather than the quality of the writing.

This trend makes me sad. What happened to the love of a good, well written story. What happened to grammar, spelling and so on? The popular view seems to be that these things don’t matter any more. I really think I’ll go mad if I hear the phrase: “the story is king” one more time. And at the risk of driving other people insane, I’ll repeat my assertion that, yes it is, but it also has to be readable, which means all of the above. It means time and effort. It means putting your heart and soul into your work. It means not running after fame and fortune, because if that’s your reason for writing you’re in the wrong game.

As Henri Matisse once said: writing


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Enter the maze…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2013 by Kate Jack


…if you dare.

An author’s life is not straightforward. No matter what genre you write in, finishing your book is just the beginning of a long and convoluted journey. There’re are many twists and turns, most of them culminating in dead ends, frustration and the oft repeated feeling of helplessness and the desire to give the whole thing up.

That said, persistence is the key and the drive for success must dominate. Every author has something to say and the almost overwhelming wish to share their stories with the world. The maze, leading to that success, is laid out, waiting. The first step forward can only be taken by you.

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