Writing goals – Do something different

Happy new year.

What are your writing goals this year? Why not try doing something different?

If you write fiction for adults, try a story for children.
If you write for children, try something for adults.
If you haven’t written poetry before, then try that.
If you write long fiction, try flash fiction.

I have been writing poetry, and have sent one to one magazine, and two to another, and will be entering a competition. I have also started a flash story. We shall see what happens. I decided to try a new writing route after not having much success with short stories.

So, give it a go. You might find a new creativity like I have.

Good luck.



Merry Christmas with present ideas

Merry Christmas, everyone

I hope you all are coping OK in this cold weather. Anyway, as this will be the last email newsletter of this year, wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and give you ideas for presents if you are still stuck.

Do you and the little members of your family read? If so, then you will find plenty of inspiration for ebooks and books on my website http://www.julieaday.co.uk. As I write for both adults and children, you will find ideas for children aged 7+ to teens, and if you’re an adult and like friendly ghosts that gives hope to others, then there are my adult series ‘Geraldine’s Gems’ and ‘The Secrets of Singleton’ both have a touch of magic in them.

So, here’s to a lovely Christmas to you all.

News, news, news

Did I tell you that I have some news? Lol. I have. I know that a few of you either aren’t on Facebook or don’t go on there that often, so thought I’d tell you here. I have had two writing successes recently.

1. I got Star letter in Top Sante magazine (out now). I win a beauty product set worth over £100. I have yet to receive it, but when I do, I will take a photo of it and put it on FB.

2. I have sold my first short story to a magazine. The magazine is in S Africa. So, if you live there or know someone who does, look out for a story called ‘Granddad’s Wand’. I will get paid for that too. Because I have sold this one, which is a ghostly story,  I have been writing another one in a similar theme.

So, if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. I did with my short stories.


Are you doing NaNoWriMo?

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo means, it’s National Novel Write in a Month. This is where writers try to write a novel of 50K words during November. You just write and write. You don’t edit. Don’t go back and change anything. There is an official website to join for the hardiest authors, but you can do your own, which is what I plan to do. I am going to write all, or some, of a new novella. It will be the third book in my adult magical realism series ‘The Secrets of Singleton’ where magic helps people finds romance in a village. I have already plotted out the chapters in the book, so will know more or less what I want to write. I will also be starting Book 6 in the Rainbow School series. I might include that in NaNoWriMo, we shall see.

So, are you going to take part, either officially or on your own? You can use it to start a new novel, some short stories or picture books. Give it a go and see how far you get.

Let me know how you get on. I shall catch up with you all in a month’s time.

Good luck.


Autism meets magical realism


How to write a filler – personal experience

I am talking about how to write fillers again today because that it was I have been doing in between writing children’s books and short stories. Here is my tips about writing about personal experience.
Tip 4: Write about personal experience from an article

What I mean about this is if you have read an article about something eg a health article on anxiety, and you have tried something that was suggested in the article, why not write to the magazine about your experience and what happened. I have done this. In Top Sante magazine recently, there was an article about 12 ways to calm anxiety. I thought I would try one of them and see what happens as I have been suffering anxiety when out shopping. I tried it on the bus to the local shops and it sort of worked. So, I wrote to the magazine about this. What happened? I got a personal email from the editor. Usually when that happens, my letter doesn’t appear, but the editor asked at the end, could she use my letter in the magazine? I replied, of course. So, success. I now wait for the next issue, out end of this month, to see if my letter is in it. It isn’t in the current one.

Find a magazine that interests you, read an article that suggests ways to help you in some way, try it and write to the magazine

Good luck. Let me know how you get on with this and if you have success.

How to write a filler – Part 1

Today’s post is something different.

Over the years I have had great success in writing fillers to magazines. Fillers can be anything from tips, letters and jokes in newspapers and magazines. You can win different prizes according to the magazine you write to; from vouchers to beauty products.

So here are my tips on writing reader letters

  1. Keep it brief. Some magazines and papers edit letters if it’s too long and some do specify the word count.

  1. If writing a letter to a magazine, always mention the article name and author, and issue month (here is one I wrote)

Dear Sir/Madam

I was interested to read the article ‘Is your tap water poisoning
you?’ by Roz Lewis (NH January 2010) about fluoridising water.

  1. If writing to a paper about a TV programme, put the channel after the name of the programme. (another of my letters)

What a thought-provoking series ‘E Numbers: An Edible Adventure’ (BBC2) is. It’s interesting to know where E numbers come from, what they can do and that some are safer than we think. Thank you.

  1. Don’t write against a programme, praise them.

  1. If you praise an article in a magazine, say why, keeping it brief.

  1. Always include address and phone number if necessary. So if you have won something, they can send you the reward.

So, with these tips, here is your exercise. Find a magazine that interests you, and it has a letters page and/or tips page, then write a letter to the magazine. You should find the email address either on the first or last page to send it to.

Good luck. Let me know how you get on.

Diversity – What does it mean in writing?

Sorry I haven’t been here recently but things have gone a bit pear-shaped here at home for me. A couple of weeks ago I fell v ill, collapsing with pain. Turned out it was a kidney stone travelling down to my bladder, and that caused a kidney infection. I was admitted to my local A&E overnight. I am slowly on the mend and back on my feet, but taking painkillers to keep any pain under control.

Anyway, today’s post is about diversity in writing with an exercise.

Today I am asking you a question that comes with an exercise.

What is diversity in writing? (Not the dance group, either). What does diversity in writing mean to you?

Is it: black and other ethnic characters in the story?

Is it: characters with different abilities?

Is it: the authors who are diverse?

Or is it all of the above?

I used to think it was just the first one, but I now know differently. If I said that I write number 1 and 2 and am number 3, what would you think then? Would love to know what your take on diversity is. You can read the first part of my posting about diversity on my blog at www.julieaday.blogspot.co.uk. You will need to scroll down to find the relevant post.

So, here is the exercise.

I want you to write a couple of paragraphs about a character who is different, and indicate in that short piece how they are different. Here is an example from Charlie

Charlie fell back on to his bed. He stared at the ceiling. Not for the first time did he wish he was normal like Wendy. A child without a disability. Able to go about his life without worrying if he would pass out at any time.

Good luck. Email me with your answer.