How To Use Life As Writing Inspiration

Do you ever felt like you want to write about life but are lacking in ideas? The will to write is strong enough for you to dig deep into the creative part of your brain and draw out something new and exciting, but you don’t even know where to start? Sometimes we just need a…

International Women’s Day: how one Black Country writer fought back

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Annika Spalding has overcome challenges most people will never have to face. A mother of two young children, she has put her own childhood experiences behind her to forge a career as a writer, broadcaster and blogger, teaching life-affirming skills to women who, like her, have experienced domestic violence and sexual…

For Writers: Build A Strong Online Presence in Ten Steps

In the time I’ve been active online, I’ve created a strong social media presence. I think I make it look easy, but is it? It is. I may not have millions, or even thousands, following me, but my current level has brought me the most amazing opportunities and continues to do so. So I know…

Is it time for new friends?

If you’re reading this post, it is likely because it struck a nerve. Am I right or am I right? I’ve met numerous people over the years, made and lost friendships, grew together and grown apart, and it’s all been wonderful. I’m not a person who has the same friends she went to school with;…

Dear Readers, I NEED You!

I think it’s time for a makeover, but I can’t do it alone. I’ve been thinking about breathing some new life into this blog but I need your thoughts on this. Rather than blogging without a thought to your preferences and needs, I’d like to invite you to share them with me. To make it…

Join the 5-Day Writing Challenge: Character Creation

It’s almost time for March’s 5-Day Writing Challenge! Are you ready?  The 5-Day Writing Challenge is available to members of the Writing With Confidence group only (because you are all VIPs just for joining this group). I want you to get completely involved, simply because that is how you will get the most out of…

How to create believable characters in your writing

Do you have a great concept for a story but lack the know-how on creating believable characters? You’re absolutely in the right place. In my early days of writing, and I mean early days of writing, much of my character profiles focused on the physical description of my characters. Which is not all bad, but…

Make your book launch EPIC in 6 steps

If you’re an author ready to press publish and launch your book, I am so glad that you stopped here first. I’m Annika Spalding, an award-winning author of six books, and last year I held a SOLD OUT book launch. It was so unbelievably epic that I’ve decided to share the success secrets with you….

Are you ready for the 5-Day Writing Challenge?

It’s almost time for February’s Writing Challenge! Are you ready?  The 5-Day Writing Challenge is available to members of the Writing With Confidence group only (because it is a group for VIPs, obviously).  I want you to get completely involved, simply because that is how you will get the most out of it. Whether you are new…

Why I’ve never written a love story

Do you like reading about romance? I’ve never been tempted by the idea of writing love stories, something about fairy tale endings never rang true for me and this was due to the relationships I had witnessed and been a part of. I like the idea of Happy Ever After but in reality I struggled…

Avoid these 3 writing mistakes!

Do you want to improve your writing skills? It would be a mistake to assume that everything you write the first time is perfect. Sure, the content can be good but often anything we write will benefit from a good edit and rewrite. If you write for an audience (like social media, blogs, books or…

5 Videos to inspire your soul

Ever watched a video that made you feel warm inside?  I’m sharing five videos that have done exactly that for me over the last few weeks. I love reading, absolutely, but there’s nothing quite like listening to powerful words from an inspirational person.  Here are my current top five inspirational videos: 1. The Universe has…