Storymart: 5 Pros and Cons for Writers

  Lately I've been pursuing publication for some of my short stories, and I feel I'm settling into a good rhythm of submissions and rejections. My current goal, at its barest bones, is to be paid professionally for a piece of my work. A lofty one, I know. Anyone familiar with writing submissions knows just…Read more Storymart: 5 Pros and Cons for Writers

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What Does Editing Look Like?

  A little update here on The Jack Hansard Series. Thanks again for sticking with me - we're making steady progress! I know it's proving to be a long wait, but I promise the end result will be worth it. I know it's a bit dull to just hear 'I'm editing' over and over again,…Read more What Does Editing Look Like?

Meet the Artist!

Dominique Lane has been the An Inspired Mess artist since the website's creation - and she's behind every piece of Jack Hansard artwork you've come across. If you follow my Facebook or Twitter channels then you'll have seen all the previews, behind-the-scenes, and extra illustrations that she's created. Right now, Dom is working on the…Read more Meet the Artist!

Crowdfunding the Written Word: Author Interview with Erinna Mettler

When writers consider publishing options there are two main routes that spring to mind: you either go traditional, or you go it alone. But the world of publishing isn't as firmly divided as you might think. Among the host of options available to authors, crowdfunding is now one of them – and prospective publishers are…Read more Crowdfunding the Written Word: Author Interview with Erinna Mettler

The Hard Cut: Editing Tips Part 3

In The Easy Cut: Editing Tips Part 2 we looked at quick and easy ways of improving your writing by making small aesthetic cuts. The reason these cuts were quick and easy was because they were largely superficial - they tightened up your work without making you lose anything you'd really miss. The Easy Cut was…Read more The Hard Cut: Editing Tips Part 3

Let’s Connect! But how?

Dydh ha, my lovelies! Just popping my head above the surface to let you all know that I'm still here, and that An Inspired Mess is far from sitting quiet. I'm now halfway through editing The Jack Hansard Series: just ten more episodes to go! Every week I upload the polished edit of another episode…Read more Let’s Connect! But how?

The Easy Cut: Editing Tips Part 2

Editing is a skill that you need as a writer, regardless of whether you intend to self-publish or not. The first draft will never be your best (it certainly isn't for most great writers) because it's the editing that makes it great. In this three-part series we're looking at three keys elements of fiction editing,…Read more The Easy Cut: Editing Tips Part 2