Writing Challenge! Spice It Up!!


Instead of: Nice Use: Gracious
Instead of: Hard Use: Challenging
Instead of: Good Use: Splendid
Instead of: Bad Use: Dreadful
Instead of: Sad Use: Somber
Instead of: Happy Use: Content
Instead of: Like Use: Treasure
Instead of: Mean Use: Malicious
Instead of: See Use: Glimpse
Instead of: Think Use: Deem
Instead of: Big Use: Colossal
Instead of: Little Use: Petite
Instead of: Walked Use: Shuffled
Instead of: Ran Use: Sprinted
Instead of: Laughed Use: Snickered
Instead of: Yelled Use: Wailed

What words do you substitute for others, to spice up your writing?

I am currently about three quarters of the way through writing my short book, “How To Manage Fibromyalgia Like A Superhero Rockstar”, as always with my Quirky Books, I with be giving you a different and unconventional approach to this illness for life and telling you some of my very quirky and unconventional ways of managing it; to lead a happy, vibrant and energetic life.

As always, stay quirky and write soon.

Sandra xxxx

Never take your writing for granted

Hi Everyone

My apologies for not blogging for a while. I have been very poorly and although I did make it to London for Valentine’s Day, I had to cut my holiday short due to illness.

I have to say that this has been one of the worst periods of illness in my life to date and I have been so weak that at the worst peak of my infection I couldn’t:

  • Write many texts
  • Write any Facebook messages
  • Write any LinkedIn updates
  • Write any tweets
  • Write any blog posts
  • Write any web content
  • Write any of my book content
  • Write any notes
  • Read my emails
  • Respond to emails
  • Read any books

Sometimes it’s hard to realise just how much of my life is spent writing and doing things related to my writing, such as reading books. I have learnt during this time to always count my writing blessings twice and to never take my writing for granted.

Although I am still off work sick I am able to write again and it is a fantastic feeling.

I would encourage you all to make a list of the writing activities that you do and take time out to appreciate each one of them. Think what your life would be like without writing in it and never take your writing for granted.

Until next time, keep writing and enjoying it.

Write soon




I Won to Write

And The Winners Are…...

Hi Everyone

A-Z of Writing – D is coming soon.

I just had to share that I have won a prize for entering a blog competition.

Being a writer I am absolutely thrilled to win a Hamster Diaries notepad and postcards.

Now let me see, what can I write in the notepad:

  1. Ideas for How to books
  2. Ideas for Children’s Picture books
  3. Things that are on my mind (This could take up the whole notepad, so maybe just write down my top 3)
  4. Shopping lists  (A bit boring but essential)
  5. My favourite blog posts
  6. My top 10 websites to visit
  7. My friends birthdays and contact details
  8. 5 Positive things for that day
  9. 5 to dos for that day
  10. 3 ways to de-stress
  11. 10 Things that make me feel relaxed (This includes loud music, because of the quirky person I am, it chills me out)
  12. 5 things that make me feel good

Hummm! I am sure there are a few titles in there for future blog posts.

Whatever I write, it doesn’t matter, the fact that I am writing makes me feel good.  I want you to feel good too – so get out your notepad and pen and let your imagination run wild.

What do you like to write about in your notepad?

Write soon


B is for Brainstorm (A-Z of Writing)


Hi Everyone

Whether you are writing a lot about a variety of things or you haven’t picked up a pen in ages, sometimes it’s difficult for your brain to come up with what to write next. Some may refer to this as writer’s block. I prefer to think of it as creative block

The answer to this is to brainstorm. Pick any topic, place, phrase, thing, season, time and start brainstorming. That is, write everything that springs to mind relating to that one particular thing and that should give you ideas for plot, characters, setting and scenery.

For example, if I choose a hot summer’s day, I have already got the weather, the season, as well as the fact it’s daytime. I could also have any of the following:

  • Picnic
  • Stream
  • Grass
  • Children playing
  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Butterflies
  • Flowers
  • Bees
  • Magic
  • Seagull
  • Beach
  • Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Rocks
  • Sea
  • Surfing
  • Drowning
  • Man saved a boy
  • Long lost son but didn’t know it
  • Became friends with boy
  • Lifeguards sacked after ignoring warning signs
  • Newspaper
  • Media attention
  • Publicity
  • Journalist
  • Story
  • Money
  • Fame
  • Fortune
  • Tragedy
  • Boy dies in car crash
  • Organ donor

I could go on and on, you see how one idea can lead to another and indeed I went away from the initial thought and my story began to take shape. I didn’t pre-empt that, I just let it flow.

So when you are feeling a bit down, get pen and paper and just go with the flow, it’s amazing what you can come up with and if you are still not happy because you cannot see the bigger picture from your ideas that have been flowing, store them up to be used at a later date. A good place to store them, is in a notepad that you will refer to over again or on index cards, that way you can mix and match them.

Good luck with the writing and let me know how you get on.

Write soon



Fifteen Reasons Why Writing Is So Special

Hi Everyone.

I love writing.  Whether it’s a little, a lot, fiction or non-fiction, I love everything about it, for me, it is so fantastic.  But why?

I have listed below, some of the reasons why I love writing and why it is so special to me.

  1. It’s therapeutic
  2. Calming
  3. Makes me feel happy
  4. Brings my dreams to life
  5. Gives me escapism from the norm
  6. Makes me believe in myself
  7. Releases my creative energy
  8. Makes me feel talented
  9. I can express myself in a meaningful way
  10. I can use it to help others
  11. It nurtures my passions
  12. Explores a world where anything could happen
  13. It’s exciting, enthralling and fun
  14. I get to meet some wonderful characters
  15. Makes me feel good

I could continue to write about writing but now it’s your turn. I would love to hear why writing is so important to you?

Write soon.  Sandra

Top five tips for how to stay focused on your writing.

Hi Everyone

I finally sent my redundancy book proposal off to How to Books.  It took ages to write, proof-read, edit, proof-read, edit and yes you’ve guessed it, re-edit.

My  top five tips for how to stayed focused on your writing:

  1. SMART task yourself. Set writing goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed.
  2. Keep a diary of each of your writing achievements to see how  well you are progressing.
  3. Make sure you plan when to write and either stick to it or reschedule it.
  4. Set time aside specifically for writing and ensure those around you know that you are ‘working’ then.
  5. Stop procrastinating and just do it.

Good luck.

Write soon. Sandra

Write Away

Hi Everyone

It’s coming up to that time of year when holidays are in abundance.

If you are a fellow writer, it can be a pleasure and a pain.

A pain because, if you are anything like me and you do not get an opportunity to write whilst on holiday, you miss it, you long for it, you crave for it, you yearn for it and are somewhat more sad and lonely to be without it.

If the person/s you are away with are understanding then that is great but if you are with someone who doesn’t write and believes your work should be left at home, what can you do?

How can you write whilst you are away?

Here are my top five tips:

  1. Create a diary of your journey, tell your loved ones or friends it’s so you can remember the happy times you’ve share and then use it when you get home to write a story or an article.
  2. Keep a notebook and pen by the side of your bed, pretend you are asleep and wait until everyone else is asleep, then begin to write.
  3. Write at least one postcard to a member of your family or a friend each day.
  4. Pretend you are reading a book by the side of the pool or at the beach and then slip a notebook and pen inside and begin to write.
  5. When you are away, if you are going to have internet access, create a second email address and email yourself with a piece of writing .

Good luck and enjoy your holiday.

Happy writing.  Sandra.

Write from the Heart

Hi Everyone

When people say to me, “I don’t know how you do it?”

“I don’t know how you write a book,  I just wouldn’t have the patience.”

I’ll tell you why.

Because I write from the heart.  And in my opinion I think that is the best way to write.  So where do you start?


  • Keep a notepad by the side of your bed.  Whenever you  feel down, happy, sad or mad, get it all out by putting pen to paper.
  • Try writing your own verses in greetings cards.  It helps you to focus on how you feel about the person you are writing for and teaches you the power of the written word.
  • Writing regular entries in a diary helps to organise your thoughts and feelings and will give you some fantastic ideas for future stories.
Good luck.
Write soon.