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Today the PLR payments come out. The PLR collect all the payments for library loans in the U.K. – roughly around 8 pence per loan. If you register your books with them, they can track the loans and pay you. They can also let you know how many times a book has been lent by a library.

Libraries are special places. They are the places our readers go long after our books have left the bookshop, or if they were never able to afford the books, or if they just want to try out our work before they buy. I’m always overjoyed to see how often my books go out of the library. It means my work is still being read.

It’s not a huge amount of money – but it’s good to get, and it’s good to see authors being paid. If you have books (and they’re going to include ebooks soon) register them with the PLR and make sure you get the benefits of all those library loans

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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Quote for the Day by Christine Duncan

The new year makes us think of trying new things. We make resolutions and think of possibilities. We forget that every day is something new. I love this quote because it reminds me of that.

“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” -Mike Dooley

Not Then But Now

I saw a cartoon on Twitter today of a middle-aged man sitting down to draw and saying ‘why didn’t I do this ten years ago’ and the cartoon suggested rather than saying this he should say ‘at least I’m doing this now’

Some of us have been writers all our lives. Some of us knew we wanted to write but didn’t a chance, or inspiration, or time or freedom until we were middle-aged. Some of us never knew we were a writer until much later in our lives.

Awards schemes usually seem to focus in the younger writer – best young writer, best writer under 30 – that sort of thing. But many of us never became writers until long past that age.

Don’t think ‘I should have done this years ago’. Think ‘I’m doing this now. I have waited and now I have time and experience and knowledge and I understand and I am writing NOW.’

That’s what’s important. Not missed opportunities and regrets, but the opportunity to come, and hope.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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Word for the Year by Christine Duncan

Define your year with one word. Can you do it?

I have tried for years now and odd as it sounds, I find it a comfort. When I feel as though I am overwhelmed, sometimes just thinking of what I want to do during the year helps. That one goal word can turn me around.

So I take seriously the choosing of the word. I’ve had a bunch. This year I think the word is choice. I choose to do what I’m doing. I am not stuck here. There is a plan. It’s my choice.

Only another writer can understand how important the right word can be. What is yours?

Going Wrong

Sometimes you start a story then a few pages in, you get stuck and can’t see where to go. There are three things to do when this happens
Quit completely

Put the story away for a while

Just keep pushing through and write it.

All have their benefits and faults. Quitting is good if you have something else to turn to, but there’s a danger you’ll just stop writing altogether if you give up on everything.

Putting it away for a while gives your brain time to think about it and you can come to it with fresh ideas but when you return to it you might find your forgotten everything about the story, including what you were trying to do with it.

Pushing through can feel like really hard work and you might wonder why you’re bothering. However, once or twice when I’ve done this, it’s ended up becoming some different and interesting.

I personally think pushing on is better than not writing at all, after all, the perfect story may never just come to us.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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Happy New Year from Christine Duncan

Choosing Advice

The thing about writing advice is – it only works if it suits you. One writer’s failsafe plan for writing book is completely opposite to another writer’s failsafe plan. One die-hard rule is completely contrary to another’s. And that’s not even getting into the advice from those who teach writing.

All that advice is a good jumping off point. It’s really good to try a lot of different methods and ways of writing. But don’t follow it to the point of stifling your creativity. Try a little bit here and a little bit there and if it suits you, keep it – but if it doesn’t, discard it – no matter how much you revere the person it came from. Use all that advice as vague guidelines only – much like, when you first learn to use pen and paper as a child, the lines are lightly drawn in until you learn to write in a straight line.

Only you know the best way for you to write.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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