Tornado Chasers: Lifting That Writer’s Block

Apr 1st, 2019 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read

For a (thankfully) short period in March, there was so much going on in my life that I felt unable to concentrate on the written word. I wasn’t able to post poignant birthday messages to the people I loved, I wasn’t able to work on my novel, I wasn’t even able to read without the words swimming around the page. I felt like a walking,...

Top 5 Tips: Being A Brilliant Beta Reader

Nov 19th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Earlier this month, I was asked to be a beta reader for a friend. The novel was a YA romance with what she described as a rather controversial backbone. It’s rare I take on beta reads. For one, I cannot retain information I read from a screen to save my life - my poor Kindle has been sitting beside my bed untouched by all book...

Thirty Days and Counting

Sep 10th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 7 min read

Today marks my thirty days off medication. Having been on it for the better part of two years, you can probably imagine how difficult (or terrifying, if I’m being completely honest) it was to stop relying on something to help me get through the day. It was suddenly up to me, on my own, to find a way to keep my moods high and my...

Top 5: Tips on Editing Your Own Work

Jan 29th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

The easiest part of writing a novel is the actual writing. Getting all those words and ideas that are taking up space in your head down onto the blank page. Simple. What’s difficult is what comes after that: the editing. Keeping consistency with grammar and style, deciding what moves the plot along, killing your darlings. But it needs to be done and although it’s true...