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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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