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A blog by Sharon Thompson

Author of number one bestseller, The Abandoned, Sharon Thompson is the founder of the successful Indulgeinwriting.com. A guide and mentor, Sharon has seen members of this indulgeinwriting.com group progress to agent representation and publication, and organises regular talks from industry professionals and experts for those members. Sharon co-founded #Writerswise a trending Tweet-chat featuring published authors and guest-hosts. Her monthly Indulgeinbooks features a list of Irish book releases and she contributes to indulgeme.ie, self-starter.ie and donegalwoman.ie. Sharon also writes for leading website Writing.ie and has published short stories, had plays long listed, all while completing her much anticipated second novel, The Healer, which will be out in Jan 2019. @sharonwriter sharontwriter.com indulgeinwriting.com

You can follow Sharon online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

15 ways to improve your confidence in saying, ‘I’m a writer.’

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 16 March 2019.

If you write - you are a writer. Don’t apologise for loving what you do. Here are 15 simple ways to help build your writing confidence.

Marketing and PR. Asking for help.

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 25 February 2019.

Through the process of writing we shy away from discussing our novels, and the ideas which slouch around in our solitary noggins. Then suddenly, our work is catapulted into the world and we're left paddling alone (it can feel like drowning) and we wonder.... 'What the heck do I do now?'

Don’t miss Ennis Book Club Festival 2019.

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 7 February 2019.

Ennis Book Club Festival 2019 Announces its Full Programme Festival dates: Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2019. Today, the full programme for the 13th Ennis Book Club Festival was announced. Readers travel from all over the country and further afield to gather at this, the only book club festival in the country. But whether you are a member of a book club or not, all lovers of books are invited to gather in Ennis...

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8 rants from an author on the edge of a second novel.

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 10 January 2019.

Coming up to the publication of my second novel there’s 8 things I’d like to rant about. Rant 1 ‘The Healer’ will launch on 22nd January and I can’t wait – but then I am dreading it too. When I was doing promotion for my debut ‘The Abandoned’ I thought maybe it would be my one and only novel. I threw my heart, soul and kitchen sink into the promotion for it. Other than offering...

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Online launch for ‘The Healer’ on Jan 22nd. Please log in and say hullo.

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 22 December 2018.

Being a young girl in 1940’s Ireland isn’t easy for Molly McCarthy, especially since she isn’t like the other children. Her family and community are wary of her beauty and nature. As Molly becomes a teenager life gets harder and she loses faith in everything. Molly is surrounded in danger. She must make choices. But will she chose the right path or is she doomed to a life of misery? Will she survive in a...

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30 ways writers wait.

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 1 November 2018.

  Writers, we wait ALL the time and some of us may wait quietly. I don’t do waiting well, hence the blog post. 🙂 With writing, one of the worst parts is the waiting for stuff to happen. Anyone else agree? To be a writer, we need to wait. It is the kind of waiting that involves, heavy chocolate eating, cursing and candle lighting. While waiting I thought I’d place a few times points together....

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Writing Cures.

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 1 September 2018.

The Writing Cure by Sharon Dempsey.  “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. News flash – life’s hard. We all experience difficult times, relationship break ups, the loss of a loved one or periods of stress relating to work. Take your pick, there will be some catastrophic episode which leaves you reeling, unsure of how you will survive. Throughout my...

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Writing through the fear

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 5 August 2018.

Writing should not make writers fearful.

You’re writing. What’s next?

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 12 July 2018.

You're writing? What's next?

‘How to use twitter effectively as a writer.’

Posted by Sharon Thompson on 7 June 2018.

There’s so much talk about writers having a social media presence. If we leave our manuscripts, for faffing about on twitter or social media, how do we use this time effectively? We explored this topic on our trending #Writerswise tweet-chat when we had Paul Dunphy, social media consultant, as our guest-host. THE Paul Dunphy, (who is endorsed by many Irish celebrities and businesses) called by for an hour, to chat with us. To make the...

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