Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a great literary start with a couple of my poems appearing in Morphrog Issue 10. Morphrog is a sister magazine of The Frogmore Papers, a long established literary journal.

Get your writing out of your head...put it on paper!

Get your writing out of your head…put it on paper!

A new year is a good excuse to set some writing resolutions. The usuals are always a starting point, of course:

1) Write little and often: Lunch breaks at work. Before dinner. On weekends. On the bus. The list of writing moments to take advantage of grows longer. The list of excuses fades into the ether!

2) Balance the projects: Too much poetry? Write a few shorts or a bit of flash fiction to shake things up. Stuck on a longer work like a novel or novella? Write a character sketch or a vignette to flesh out that story.

3) Submit! What good is that new story or batch of poems when stuck on a computer or in a notebook? Send your work out to competitions and magazines. Get researching and find more markets to submit to.

4) Read more. Always helps hone your skills. You want to improve at your craft after all, don’t you?

5) Promote! Networking. Blogging. Writing groups. Advertising. Readership doesn’t widen without effort. And books don’t sell by themselves!

Happy writing for 2015!

Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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