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My Writing Journey, Finding My Niche & Win A £20 Amazon Voucher

When I started this blog over 3 years ago I had no idea if a) I would even be able to stick with it and b) where exactly it would take me on my writing journey.

My thoughts and feelings on what I want and where I am headed have shifted somewhat of late and the path I thought I wanted isn’t what I want anymore. Many people start their blog for different reasons. Most of them are to document their lives as parents or share their lives with others. Up until now I never really had that one specific focus.

How Starting My Blog Helped me on My Writing Journey.

If someone was to ask me why I started my blog the answer is always quite simply to write. The subject matter irrelevant, I just like to write. I have written about my love for reading and writing many times on the blog and the realisation that finally, I know what I want to be when I grow up.

At 21, someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I said well I work at ……… and he scoffed. He was at university and told me that everyone had a dream. Even if they don’t realise it and that working in retail wasn’t a career just a stepping stone. It was my turn to scoff this time. But then I told him I loved to write and to read. I would love to have my words published and for people to enjoy reading them. When he asked me how on earth I was going to make that happen without a university education the conversation stalled. My dreams were shelved and became so lost in everything else I totally forgot that it even existed.

Writing Fiction.

But starting this blog was a bigger step for me than I could ever even imagine. After taking a break when I went back to work full time, I came back with my first ever fiction series on the blog, ‘There’s Something I Need To Tell You‘ this ended up having 5 parts and I was so proud of it. I even made myself cry whilst writing parts of it. Unbeknown to me at that point in November 2015 this post would begin to shape a new direction for me and it was the start of my writing journey. But me being me it took me a while to get the hint!

be carful what you wish for graphic depicting a flash of light to signal change

Slowly but surely more fiction followed. It became an area I felt more comfortable writing in, especially when my next series ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ came along. Shorter this time at 3 parts, I delved into the paranormal, still displaying my love for leaving things on a massive cliffhanger and then having literally no idea where to take it next. This series took a while to wrap up.

But still, I struggled. Wanting to find my niche, my style and my reason for this blog. I wanted to keep on going despite others vocal opinions on how awful it was and how bad my ideas and posts are. Never one to take the hint easily I carried on plugging away regardless.

Draft after draft. Post after post. I tried to write posts I thought people wanted me to write but they all sounded so fake and contrived. Most of them are still sat there in drafts. Nobody wants to read a post that has been forced because that’s what they think people want to read. There was the occasional light bulb moment, like my reflections on a spider web in my garden and the realisation that I wanted to do more and be more than just what I perceived to be as just average.

the spider, the web and me in a post for my writing journey

Finding my Niche.

girl-standing-on-beach-for-a-short-fiction-story-called-the-secrets-of-saltlake for a post about my writing journey

But now I think I have found my thing. My niche if you prefer. My heart tells me that fiction is where I want to be and what I want to do with my blog. It took The Secrets of Saltlake to make me realise this! Slow on the uptake as always! So gradually, over the next few months, you will see my focus shift and become more based on my writing, on fiction and less on the mundane stuff of my so-called boring life (so called so by me). There will be a new tagline and I will no longer be a family lifestyle focused blog.

Thank You for Supporting my Writing Journey!

I would never have gotten to this point in my writing journey without the support of two women who are now two of my closest friends. Franca from A Moment with Franca and Maria from Suburban Mum. And also someone whose writing moves and inspires me every time I read it and is always so supportive of my own writing, Vicky from Verily Victoria Vocalises.

This blog will never be full of recipes, helpful hints and funny anecdotes of my life as a single parent. Sure occasionally posts like this may pop up, as will reviews and sponsored posts (I have to pay the rent!). But mostly I just want to write fiction. I want this blog to be a place where you can just escape and enjoy being lost in a completely different world. Even if just for a few minutes.

Enter to Win.

So I’m going to open this up to my readers. I would love you to give me some words to write about. Just one word in the comments. Or give me your favourite genres to read. Failing that, let me know what is your favourite piece of fiction I have written?

Every comment will be entered to win a £20 Amazon voucher as a thank you for sticking with me as I follow my writing journey. New readers and old. Extra entries will be available. Don’t forget to subscribe to my new newsletter to keep up to date with things and if you are enjoying The Secrets of Saltlake, there is now a new newsletter just for the series! You can sign up for the exclusive newsletter at the end of each post in the series!

T’s and C’s

Please leave me a comment either a word to write a story about, a theme, genre or just your favourite story I have written. Please enter all options correctly. If you sign up to my newsletter(s), you must still be signed up when the winner is chosen to qualify for the entry. You are welcome to unsubscribe after the winner has been chosen should you wish to do so. Multiple entries/emails from the same ip address will be disqualified. Over 18’s only. The £20 Amazon voucher will be sent via email and in GBP. The competition is open worldwide. This is not affiliated with Amazon and voucher will be supplied by myself. The competition will run from 22/05/17 until 22/06/17 inclusive. The winner will be picked within 5 days of the competition ending and please allow 28 for delivery of the voucher.

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  1. Nicola Lynch

    June 22, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This is a really inspiring post. Well done and congratulations. My suggested word is: Aurora Borealis x

  2. Derek Wilson

    June 22, 2017 at 7:37 am


  3. Lesley Bain

    June 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm


  4. Julie Howarth

    June 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm



    June 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm


  6. Lorraine Kirk

    June 21, 2017 at 11:12 am


  7. Hannah Smith

    June 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Ice cream

  8. Sam McKean

    June 20, 2017 at 9:14 am


  9. Spencer Broadley

    June 19, 2017 at 11:07 am

    One word – coaches – as in the 4-wheeled sort

  10. Emma H

    June 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm


  11. Lynda Jones

    June 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I like Apocalypse or survival type stories please

  12. CJ Smith

    June 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Time travel

  13. Jo Carroll

    June 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

    End Times…I like reading dark fiction 😉

  14. Katie Skeoch

    June 13, 2017 at 1:33 am


  15. Ashley Phillips

    June 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm


  16. Laura Jeffs

    June 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Time travel 😉

  17. Alice Megan

    June 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Congratulations on finding your niche I’m so proud of you

  18. Krzysia

    June 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    wildflower meadows

  19. Krzysia Bialeska

    June 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    wildflower meadows

  20. john prendergast

    June 11, 2017 at 2:09 am


  21. Helena

    June 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I think my original message may have gone into your spam folder due to doing a lot of commenting. I wrote that I’m pleased you have found your niche and don’t take any notice of those that put you down – rise above them. Enjoy your fictional writing. #KCACOLS

  22. A Moment With Franca

    June 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    What a lovely post, Tracey! And thank you so much for the mention. You are an amazing friend to me and I really appreciate that as well. I am so happy to see that you have found your way through blogging to what you love the most which is writing. I am sure one day Maria and I will be sitting in the front row listening to your first book launch! It is an exciting journey! I wish you all the best with this!. Ahh thank you for sharing this at kcacols! 🙂 xxx

  23. Erin Madden

    June 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm


  24. Tammy Tudor

    June 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm


  25. stuart hargreaves

    June 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm


  26. Amelia Kennedy

    June 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Self-esteem/confidence x

  27. amy bondoc

    June 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    pride 🙂

  28. Alison Johnson

    June 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm


  29. Bread Skalka

    June 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I’m gla you’ve found your place and your peace. I’ve been writing poetry and fiction for years and nothing satisfies me more. #kcacols

  30. Sarah prescott

    June 8, 2017 at 8:41 am


  31. Crummy Mummy

    June 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Good for you – good luck with it all! #KCACOLS

  32. Dani

    June 4, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I’m thrilled you have finally found your blogging niche. Looking forward to reading more of your stories. #KCACOLS

  33. Lydia C. Lee

    June 3, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Not entering but I think blogging is a great way to keep writing. I write short stories for competitions – a few have been published in books. I want to write a book but I’m a little lazy and undisciplined, so the blog forces me to at least keep getting words out. I will get there….evenutally. Good for you.

    1. Lydia C. Lee

      June 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm


  34. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    June 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for the mention. I think you are a fabulous writer who will go far given the chance to do so. Keep up the wonderful creativity x

  35. Cassie

    May 31, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I love you saltlake series. Will need to check out some of your other fiction.
    Best of luck with the transition.
    Thanks for linking up.

  36. jeremy - thirstydaddy

    May 31, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I can identify with this. Yes, I mainly write about my kids, but for me its sometimes more about just writing. I’m a big believer in writing about what calls to you, not what you think you should be writing #KCACOLS

  37. Emma me and b make tea

    May 30, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    This a lovely insight into your journey 🙂 and lovely to read that “blogging” friends became real friends. SO many lovely people out there willing to help.
    My word: Inspiration

  38. Wendy

    May 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    So excited for you lovely! I love your blog and have really enjoyed your recent fiction posts..I think you could be given any topic and buy able to write something amazing but I’m going to go with fantasy. Good luck hun xx #BlogCrush

  39. Natalie

    May 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I’m very new to blogging, really enjoyed reading about your writing journey.❤️X


      June 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm


  40. Susan B

    May 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm


  41. William G

    May 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm


  42. Rebecca Nisbet

    May 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm


  43. Anthony Harrington

    May 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm


  44. Margaret GALLAGHER

    May 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm


  45. laura banks

    May 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm


  46. Tracey Peach

    May 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm


  47. clair downham

    May 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm


  48. Lisa Rowsell

    May 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm


  49. Linda Ford

    May 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I love reading sagas, at the minute I’m really into sagas set around the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. I love the sense of community and friendship that often runs through the stories.

  50. Jeanette

    May 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm


  51. Helen Thurston

    May 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm


  52. Tracy Nixon

    May 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm


  53. Nikki Hayes

    May 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Fantasy is my main reading genre – I own hundreds of fantasy novels :o)

  54. Heather Haigh

    May 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm


  55. Ali Duke

    May 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I am loving the secrets of saltlake, it is amazing. Each time I finish reading one I cannot wait for the next installment!

  56. Annabel Greaves

    May 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm


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