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Goodbye To A Dear Friend


This week I parted company from a dear 'friend'. For almost six years this 'friend' has been in the back of my mind. Entertaining and interesting, this 'friend' fostered both affection and loyalty from me - although at times it also caused me to want to tear my hair out due to its occasional habit of throwing a surprising tantrum at me. This friend was not a person or an animal but a blog which shared the musings, experiences and tips of seven writers (of which I was one).  Over the years the blog paid back my hours of writing by providing me with many new friends. Its contributors and readers have changed over the years, a natural development which also provides the catalyst for fresh content and a new perspective on the writing world. After many years as a contributor it is now my time to leave the blog so another writer can take my place. What is the name of this blog? Why am I leaving? And what do I mean when I say tantrums? Read on to find out.

In late 2016 award winning novelist, short story writer and friend, Linda Mitchelmore, contacted me and asked if I would like to join her on the Novel Points of View blog as their seventh contributor. At the time I had just signed my first book contract and was eagerly awaiting its release (which was due in early 2017). I knew I would have to increase my online presence in some way and joining an established blog sounded like the perfect way to do it. I accepted and (as most new writers would) quickly felt daunted when I realised the other contributors were established novelists and blog contributors such as Gill Stewart, Jo Allen, Jennifer Bohnet and Rae Cowie. Thankfully, I was welcomed with open arms and my first post (click HERE to read) marked the beginning of my time with the Novel Points of View blog.


I loved being involved with this new 'friend' as it challenged me to think up new content on a regular basis and, in a way, examine my own writing process. The membership changed over the years and I had to learn more about the techie side of the blog to play my part in keeping it going. Sometimes the blog had a mind of its own and would either change the font with no warning or refuse to place a picture where I wanted it to go (hence the 'surprising tantrums' comment earlier) but overall Blogger was (and still is) a very easy and basic website to use... which was perfect for me! 

The Novel Points of View blog was (and still is) a collaborative partnership between writers who may never meet in person but who share a love for writing. It was great to work with so many amazing writers over the years and I have learnt a lot from their posts. However, nothing stays the same and sometimes we have to move on ourselves in case we become too staid in our ways. I wish the blog, and its current contributors - novelists John Jackson, Jenni Keer, Mairibeth MacMillan, Kathleen McGurl, Clare Marchant and award winning short story writer Rae Cowie - the best of luck for their careers and the blog.

So what did I write about while I was a contributor? I have written many posts over the years on many subjects (all connected to books in some way). Below is a selection. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them. 

Posts About The Writing Process
THE HOLY GRAIL OF WRITING 
IF ONLY THE WALLS COULD TALK... OR MAYBE THEY DO 
DEAR DIARY
ADDING REALISM TO YOUR WRITING 
LEARNING FROM THE SUCCESSES AND FAILURES OF OTHERS 
WHAT DO YOU CALL A MAN WITH NO NAME? 
THE THING THEY NEVER TOLD ME 
WHEN TWISTING THE TRUTH IS OK
HOW TO WRITE A CLASSIC

Posts About Creativity And Books
THE GUILTY PLEASURES OF A CREATIVE MIND
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
WHAT DOES YOUR BOOKSHELF SAY ABOUT YOU?
READING GROUP ANYONE?

Posts On Life And Other Musings
ARE YOU DISCONNECTED? 
EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING 
BASIC INSTINCT - FRIEND OR FOE? 

Behind The Scenes 
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A BOOK LAUNCH 
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A RADIO INTERVIEW 
BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE RNA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2021