Happy New Year

It’s hard to believe that we are starting yet another New Year. They seem to roll around faster the older I get!!!

Have you made your plans for 2018? What are you hoping to achieve this year? What are your writing goals?

I have found that if I decide on my goals prior to the New Year, usually during the week between Christmas and New Years when I find myself in a reflective mood that I accomplish a lot more. It gets the year started with a burst of activity.

In 2016 I came across the book ‘The 12 week year’ by Brian Moran which looks at breaking the year down into 4 lots of 12 weeks for goal setting. Its core message is that more can be accomplished by focusing on taking action and completing goals in 12 weeks than by the usual resolutions that are set at the beginning of the year and then usually forgotten by the end of January! I started to use the system and accomplished more than in previous years with less stress. I usually pick 3 key goals for those 12 weeks and break down those goals into actionable steps that are achievable on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. I’ve created goals in both my business and personal life.

What goals do you have? Are you going to finish that book you’ve started and left gathering dust on the shelves or on your computer hard drive? Are you finally going to get round to writing that book that you’ve always wanted to write. In either case decide that you want to do it, break it down into manageable pieces and then just do it.

Have a wonderful year and if I can help you along the way just drop me a line.


Clive Sanders – Military Verse


Born in Coventry, but now living in Chard, Somerset, England. Happily living in semi-retirement after a full Army career spanning 47 years, including Regular and Territorial Army service. Former Configuration Manager of the EH101 helicopter programme at Westland Helicopters.

This is a  collection of poems written by Clive Sanders and based on experiences during a long career with the British Army.


Science for the Gardener

New Release:  Science for the Gardener by Tony Arnold

Tony takes the reader on a personal journey providing a “drone-eyed” view of the complex landscape that comprises the many sciences that underpin gardening. Commencing with the formation of planet Earth, we are taken on a tour touching on the highlights of plant evolution, the vast use that humans have for plants, through their cultivation and care, and onwards to modern production techniques that are useful here on Earth and for future space travel. With a relaxed conversational style Tony provides a glimpse of the complex world of plants and our relationship with them, sowing the seeds that hopefully will germinate an interest in the sciences that influence gardening.
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How to write consistently

How to write consistentlyIn today’s post we are going to look at how to write consistently (more often).  There are three key elements  involved from fitting writing into your daily schedule to developing a long term writing plan. We are all so busy these days that finding the time to write and write consistently can prove quite a challenge. However, if we want to share our message, make an impact and make a difference we must find the time.

What follows is a series of questions which I hope will help you address the obstacles to writing consistently. Be honest with yourself! Take action, answer the questions and review the links provided. Happy Writing!

  1. How to write consistently – Fit writing into your daily life in a practical way.

Do you think you could manage to write at least a little bit each day, without having to take significant time from other important aspects of your life?  When do you think you would be able to  find time to write? What writing exercises could you make daily habits?

  1. How to write consistently -Find inspiration and topics for your writing.

  • What do you write about?
  • What genre are you most comfortable with, fiction or non-fiction?
  • Do you know what your readers want, and how can you deliver in a way that brings them back for your next book?
  • Who is your audience and what appeals to them?
  • Do you have a list of ideas to aid you when you don’t know what to write?
  • Learn more here: 10 Effective Steps to Amazingly Inspirational Writing
  1. How to write consistently -Develop a long-term writing plan.

  • Are you writing a memoir, or will this be your first book in a series of fiction novels?
  • How long do you want your first book to be, or is that important within your genre?
  • Who are your characters and how do you plan on developing them?
  • If you’re writing non-fiction, how will your first book introduce the topics you are likely to write books about in the future?
  • What is your writing strategy for setting yourself apart from other writers in your genre?
  • Have you started brainstorming ideas for a title? Discover more here: 10 Questions to Ask Before Writing Your Book

Write Your Book

Publishing is what you do after you’ve written a book. It has to come after the actual writing process, which sort of puts it on the back burner for any writer or author whose book is still a work in progress.

 No matter what you write, you do have an audience and they will read your book if you put it out there and promote it effectively.

 But ultimately, the quality of the book will have a direct effect on how successful it will be following publication. I doubt that any writer will disagree with stressing the importance of this step in the publishing process — the writing is arguably the heart of everything when it comes to publishing your first book. This is the step that will likely take the most time, care, inspiration, editing, skill and talent.

 If you plan on self-publishing your own book or ebook as a debut author, you’ll certainly have your work cut out for you once your work is finished. But perhaps surprisingly, very little of that work will involve further writing. It focuses on and demands efforts in several different areas, but writing is not among the most important.

 Being successful in self-publishing your own books requires an individual who is somewhat a jack of all trades, unless you have the money to shell out for professional services to take care of editing, cover design, printing and publicizing your book.

 In order to avoid being labeled as vanity published, I think it’s best to take on as much of the project as you can realistically commit to. This is just my personal opinion, but it makes sense to me for an independent author to be, well, just that — truly independent.

The Power of Focus

Laser targeted focus is what separates successful people from everybody else. 100% focus on what matters. 100% focus on the key activities that bring in the most results. Whatever task you are currently doing focus 100% on doing just that one task. You may have been led to believe, like I was that multi tasking is just as effective. It’s not! When you are distracted by so many different things at once it’s virtually impossible to do any one task effectively. In business as well as in the home if you have a number of tasks that need completing put them in an order of which ones are most important to get done. Do those 􀀨rst and then work through the rest of the tasks one by one, focusing on each one as you do them. Make sure that you do the tasks when you are less likely to be distracted. At home that could mean when the children are at school or in bed. At work that could mean turning off everything including your email, social media and even the phone if necessary to get the job done. Laser targeted focus on one task at a time will result in a better result completed more quickly.