If you’re an old-fashioned type writer who plans their novels in the old-fashioned way with a paper and pen, this article is not for you.

However, if you’re looking for some great online tools that will help you plan and develop your writing, here are some of the best…

Scrivener is a popular writing tool by Literature & Latte that helps you plan your story,­­­­ organise your thoughts, write up character descriptions and much more. It’s inexpensive and, once you get the hang of it, relatively easy to use.

Scapple, also by Literature & Latte, is an online mind mapping…


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One hundred and seventy-five years ago a pregnant teenager took command of her husband’s ship and made history.

Nineteen-year-old Mary Patten did it all for 56 days whilst fighting off a mutiny, nursing her seriously ill husband and battling stormy seas.

So who was this determined young woman and what is her story?

Mary Brown

Mary Patten was born Mary Ann Brown in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1837 to George and Elizabeth Brown. She married her sea captain husband, Joshua Adams Patten from Rockland, Maine on April 1, 1853 five days before her 16th birthday.


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Writing is something that many people aspire to do. I don’t know how many times people have said to me, once they’ve found out I’m a writer, that they want to write a book.

But actually starting a book and, more importantly, finishing it are a whole different ball game.

Let’s get this over with first — if you think writing a book is easy, stop reading now. Even the simplest children’s book takes time and effort. Writing is hard work. So, if you’d much rather play your Xbox or watch tv, cheerio.

Right, everyone still here who actually wants…


Ladies having fun on the beach in the 1920s

The British seaside has always been a place to get away from it all and rejuvenate — a place of escape from normal life, to experience new things and enjoy oneself.

Although in its earliest incarnations, the coastal holiday did place upon its visitors’ expectations of proper codes of behaviour, as time went on and more and more people from differing backgrounds enjoyed the attractions of the resorts, the seaside brought out a more relaxed view of life. …


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I’ve been reading the odd article on social media and I’m pleased to see on Social Media Today that Pinterest continues its success. Its user numbers continue to rise and they now have 459 million users worldwide.

This is a platform my late husband could never get his head around. He just couldn’t see the attraction. However, I love Pinterest. I see it as my online scrapbook of dreams and hopes and fantasies. I have a board full of beautiful images of clothes of different eras. I have a board for book covers I love. I have a board for…


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Why do married men visit prostitutes? It’s a question that has perplexed women for centuries. Why would any man go to a prostitute and not only cheat on his wife, but risk disease for himself and her? It’s an unforgivable sin in many people’s eyes.

So, in the interests of science and overwhelming curiosity, I carried out a not-so-scientific poll with my Facebook friends to see what they thought. Unsurprisingly, as most were married or in long-term relationships, the majority thought they did it because they were “cheating, lying scumbags”.

But is it a more complex subject than that? Well…


For this post I thought I’d share with you some of the blogs I love to read. Not only are they full of great tips and information, but they are just lovely blogs anyway and a great read.

Okay, so let’s get on with it (btw these are a mixture of UK and US blogs):

Mortgage Free in Three is a great blog by my friend Elaine Colliar. Although she has moved on to pastures new for blogging, this site still has some great tips and amazing recipes. Please try her 30 minute rolls.

Skint Dad is a UK blog…


For this post I thought I’d share with you some of the blogs I love to read. Not only are they full of great tips and information, but they are just lovely blogs anyway and a great read.

Someone cooking at a stove. Close up of hands and pan.
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Okay, so let’s get on with it (btw these are a mixture of UK and US blogs):

Mortgage Free in Three is a great blog by my friend Elaine Colliar. Although she has moved on to pastures new for blogging, this site still has some great tips and amazing recipes. Please try her 30 minute rolls.

Skint Dad is a UK blog…

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