Michael Noll’s Learn to Write. Read Good Books.

shovel“The best way to learn to write is to read good books,” said Michael Noll from Read to Write Stories.
Off the top of my head there’s probably a load of things I could go a day without…at a stretch maybe chocolate, a cup of coffee, Facebook, oh, and a glass of wine. But I don’t feel right without my daily fix of reading a little bit of something.
An avid, will sacrifice sleep to read type I am not, yet following words on a page and hooking into a story on a daily basis is as habitual as brushing my pearly whites.
I simply love the comfort of reading.
Writing, editing, rewriting, and reading the reviews of my first book changed all that.
Morphing into ‘becoming a writer’ doesn’t happen overnight, I’m still a writer in progress. But how I read as writer changed before the birds had the chance to chirp their feathered way through the first chorus of morning has broken.
It’s not that my enjoyment of reading has diminished. It hasn’t. Rather, it’s added layers to the fabric of storytelling. While reading I’m actively looking for the tools the writer has used to weave their story together.
The more I read, the more I learn about the art of writing, and what common denominators contribute to a good, or questionable story.
If you are serious about reading to develop as a writer, Michael Noll’s Read to Write Stories blog – Reading Good Stories, Discovering the Craft of Fiction is a valuable go-to resource loaded with constructive exercises and insights. You can check out Michael’s blog here.
A shout out THANK YOU to Shannon A Thompson for referral to Michael’s blog!


Words. Words. More Words.


Sorry for my blogging absence.
I’ve been glued to my screen and chair while doing the final edit of my second e-book, Love in the Vines.
Now well and truly down the road of my 5th edit, I can happily say, it’s shaping up to be a great read.
As a reader I know how irritating editing gaffes can be, so I figure it pays to spend a lot of time poring over every word.
I’m on a tight, correct that, very tight budget. My mother and sister (the wonderful Coby) are proving to be worth their weight in editing gold. Their combined editing skills shine.
The other week I emailed the rough draft to a couple of friends to read. And, without giving them any leading questions or pointers, all my message said was – “If you have time, please read and let me know what you think. The kicker is, I’d love to have your feedback in three days time. So that leaves you the weekend, plus one day.”
Well to my surprise they read it and shared incredible feedback, sending me back to re-work, edit, and make the changes suggested.
Tomorrow is my final word for word read through…..hopefully by the weekend or early next week, Love in the Vines will be in the safe hands of Amazon Kindle.
That is, if I can master and survive the Kindle file conversion and upload.

PS. The cover design is still in progress. It looks like the words Food | Wine | Love | Betrayal outside of the heart won the most Facebook and Blog votes.