Tips For Being An Honest Writer!

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We all have different goals when it comes to writing a book. One of the things I always try to put into my books is honesty. That usually comes in my books in the form of people saying and thinking things that people are often too nervous to be open about in reality – myself included. I find the honesty in my writing my best quality. I also find it my worse because I often worry I am too honest in it and depending on the reader that can be quite scary. But I think the pros outweigh the cons for me on both a personal and professional level. In this blog post I am going to give you five tips on how to be a more honest writer if that is something you would like to be. Hope they help. 🙂

Be Passionate About Your Subject

If you are passionate about a topic, it is easier to be honest about it. You care about you are talking about and with that comes a feeling of responsibility to not shy away from speaking about this passionately. Personally with me for example that is generally inequality and the normalizing of inequality so when I go on a run about that, it’s real and that translates as honest hopefully to a reader and that all comes from having a deep passion about what I am putting across. So my advice to you is find a topic you feel strongly about because then you will be more inclined to want to do it justice.

Allow Your Personality To Influence Your Writing Style

There is going to be certain things you are going to be told not to do as a writer. Don’t write too informal. Don’t write too formal. Don’t be too sentimental. Don’t be too preachy. I would ignore it all because while those things don’t suit one reader, they suit another. It’s subjective but almost every reader can spot if it is not authentic to that writer. Some writers don’t put their personality into their books but it is a very good way of getting honesty into your writing because your thoughts and how you see the world are something you can write with honest detail and others will relate to things you put in the book. You might think your thoughts are so out there or whatever but sorry to burst your bubble, any thought you have has probably been thought by someone else somewhere.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go Against The Grain

A lot of characters are very identical in a lot of books. For example the introvert who is scared of people or the non-LGBTQAI+ person seeking approval so badly from parents. And listen those stereotypes exist so it is important to have them in books but that isn’t every introvert or every non-LGBTQAI+ person. If you are not a person who believes in stereotypes like me then it makes your writing dishonest when you copy what another writer does. That writer might believe in stereotypes but if you don’t it is going to come across really fake.

Pretend You Aren’t Writing Something People Will Read

I am not sure I would write half the stuff I write if I was constantly thinking this is going out for publication. It is often the fear of the reaction which makes us write safe and not what we really want to write ourselves. Try as much you can to forget why you are writing this and write it for you and let it flow. At the end, you always have the option not to publish it. And if you do decide to publish but you are nervous, hit the publish/send button quick. It can be hard but try as best as you can to try and not let fear destroy you from writing and putting out something you have always wanted to write. It is scary as all hell but the most rewarding thing in the world.


5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

Here is five more video suggestions to watch on YouTube this week.


Here is a classic Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. Good cheesy fun and I think the bar person in the music video is brilliant.

I was a huge fan of Steps when I was younger so this brings back memories! Here they are with Deeper Shade Of Blue. Great music and love the outfits.


I love the Eurovision Again idea and was very pleased to see 1990 being one the years shown as that is when I was born. Such an entertaining show. Years gone on and all but Liam, you done us proud! 🙂


This video from Slapped Ham presents books which are thought to be cursed and speaks about the history and the stories which surround them. I don’t believe in it all but I still don’t think I would like to read them or own them all the same! 🙂


This is the first part of an animated video showing the history of The French Revolution from OverSimplified. A really informative and entertaining way to learn history indeed. Very creative.

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Firstly my apologies for not having this section up as regularly as usual. I have been doing NanoWriMo and it has took over! 🙂 So I will be putting up a few of these posts during the week to make up for that so expect lots of video suggestions. 🙂

True Crime

In this episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved Ryan and Shane talk about the very puzzling and interesting case of The Mary Celeste.


In this episode of Monstrum Emily Zarka looks at the Nuckelavee from Scottish mythology. Monstrum is a great series which I came across recently and combines a great mixture of supernatural, literature and history and this episode is no different. A great watch.


In this episode of Geographics (another great series along with Biographics which I have come across recently) Simon Whistler talks about the tragic history of The Tower Of London.


Another very relaxing video by Sarai from Peace and Saraity Asmr with invisible scratching, audio scratching, scraping and raking of all your stress and tension.

In this video from Maddie from Mads Asmr, she repeats one of her signature relaxation techniques of taking a look at something which has got stuck in your eye. Very relaxing and I have definitely needed to relax with NaNoWriMo.

My New Book Positive Affirmations: Dealing With Gaslighting Is Now Available!

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Hi everyone! 🙂

I have just released my book Positive Affirmations: Dealing With Gaslighting on Amazon and Payhip. It is a very personal book to me and I hope it can help people out there in similar situations.

This is my fourth affirmations book. The first three books were a mixture of different affirmations about being generally confident and positive about yourself but in this book I wanted to specifically write affirmations to help people who are being gaslit or are dealing with scars from being gaslit. There is a personal reason why I put this book together because I have being gaslit and I still am being. But the difference now as opposed to before is that I no longer take in the negativity or believe it. Of course there is times I get doubts but it’s not as regular or as dangerous to my mind as it used to be because I don’t regularly believe what gaslighters say about me anymore.

Like my previous three affirmations books, I have put together 50 affirmations for this book. I hope that they help in some way and I just want to say if you are suffering due to gaslighting, you can come through it even though it doesn’t always feel like that. You have so much potential, never let anyone take that away from you.

This is my thirtieth book and releasing my thirtieth book on my sister’s birthday which is today couldn’t be more apt as she has been so incredibly supportive of both my writing and of me as person so happy birthday Sharon and it seems so right to reach such a special milestone on the birthday of such a special person. 🙂

To purchase Positive Affirmations: Dealing With Gaslighting go to:

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

It is that time of the week again. Here is my five video suggestions for this week.


American politics have very much been front and centre recently. This great video by Vox presents the presidency of Barack Obama and shows just how vital it is to have a great, strong president at the helm. Really interesting watch.

Staying with politics and Vox, here is Vox’s case for the President Elect Joe Biden. Again really interesting and will be of much interest especially to people at the moment.


Lately I have found a great channel with James Somerton’s channel. In this episode James talks about the connection between horror films and the LGBTQAI+ community. Very informative and intriguing.


You can’t really go wrong with Jamiroquai for a good bop and Space Cowboy is a classic. Love the music video too.

And when you need a break from dancing, here is a classic power ballad Get Here by Oleta Adams. Amazing music video as well.

Culture Vulture Express Wins Mystery Blogger Award!

Thank you very much to Samreen for nominating me for this award, the Mystery Blogger Award. It is very much appreciated. 🙂

You can check out Samreen’s amazing blog at:

The Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me:

  • I am an Irish writer who has written 29 books currently and I plan to do many more. In fact I’m working on quite a few at the one time at the moment so looking forward to getting some of those out there soon.
  • I love Chinese, Italian and Mexican food. I also adore savory snacks and savory food in general.
  • I hope to one day read all of Agatha Christie’s books. I have read quite a few but she was so productive, that goal will take a while! 🙂

Questions and Answers:

1. Who do you love the most and why?

My family. We are a very close family and we look out for each other and spend a lot of time together. Sadly my Dad and my dog passed away in 2008 and 2010 and that felt like links in the family chain were broken. It is just my Mum, my sister and me now and we are super close.

2. What according to you is important, love or money?

I think love is the most important. I’m from a working-class background and I’ve never had heaps of money and I’ve got by, having a happy life because I don’t think money is the be all and end all. In saying that, money can give you security for yourself and those you care about and for that reason it would be nice to have a bit more. But it’s not the main thing and as my sister always says you can’t bring money with you.

3. What’s your lesson learnt about life?

The biggest lesson I learnt is that I don’t have to be compassionate in excess. I know I am compassionate but it doesn’t mean I can’t be passionate and stand up for myself and what I believe in too. Realising that those things can exist alongside each other has changed my life for the better.

4. Who do you admire the most?

I admire people who are passionate about equality and aren’t scared to say what they feel. While I have improved on that, I have a long way to go to stop second-guessing that what I have to say is ok to be said. So I really admire people who fight through the fear of a negative reaction and just do it.

If you get a magic wand what would be your three wishes you would fulfill?

I would get my Mum a new house, it’s her dream! 🙂 I would rid the world of people thinking they are bad and troublemakers because they fight for equality and I would make myself a bestselling author.

My Best Post:

I love all my posts. They are my babies, the entire blog is my baby, but this post means a lot to me.


Anyone who feels like they want to accept, please do. You are all amazing. 🙂

Poem: Guilty

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When he was in school

he was very shy

and many of the kids

would bully him,

the gang which was headed

by his year’s meathead

would over the years

hurt and humiliate him

and made him dislike his bullies

then he felt bad for disliking them

and for not trying to understand them

and so he felt guilty.

In high school

he told his Dad that he was gay,

his Dad didn’t disown him

but spent years trying to understand

and when he finally did

he never apologised for the pain

he had caused his son,

never acknowledged it,

never said it wouldn’t happen again,

it was like it never happened,

in the time his Dad was trying to understand

he felt that was wrong,

he thought if he claims I’m equal

what is there to understand?

But then he wondered why he couldn’t try to

understand his Dad,

again he felt guilty.

He was no saint,

no angel,

by 27 he was set to marry

his boyfriend with the secret

that he had cheated on him

a few times in the early stages

of their relationship,

again he felt guilty.

But there was one thing he had learned

over the years,

to feel guilty about when he wronged someone,

not about when they wronged him

so he felt guilty about his boyfriend

but no longer about the bullies or his Dad

and while that changed nothing on the outside,

it changed everything on the inside,

those sins that weren’t his

which he had carried for years in his heart,

weighing him down

were now gone to their rightful owners

and if they had a conscience

those sins could be on theirs,

he had enough on his

without taking theirs on too.

5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

It is that time of the week again and with the US election, what a week it has been! Here is my five video suggestions this week:


With everything which has been going on this week there is quite a few political videos in the mix. This video from TEDEd explains the electoral college system for y’all with animations.

Staying with politics, here is a history lesson from Vox about the history of the Republican Party and how it has changed from the time of former president Abraham Lincoln to the time of former president Donald Trump (I couldn’t resist but it is pretty certain now thankfully! :-)). A really interesting watch with a lot of information packed in here.

This is an interview by Bob The Drag Queen with Tiktoker Christian Walker who is black, gay and a Trump supporter. In the interview many issues are discussed like racism and Covid-19. A really interesting watch and Bob is just such a great interviewer.


In the final episode of Bob The Drag Queen’s Addams Family Series, Bob does a make-up tutorial inspired by Wednesday Addams. Fantastic as always! Have absolutely loved this series. The amazing dress for the look was provided by Elias Matso, a young creative who appears in the video.


Quite an apt song for the week which has been in it while we have all been waiting for those final tallies to come in! It is also just a really great song with a great message and music video. I present to you all Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield with People Hold on.

Poem: Good Luck America

The American Election

I know the last four years

have been hard on many

of my American siblings

and many of my siblings who reside in America,

I hope today that will

all come to an end.

It is the big day,

here in Ireland I send my support

for freedom, love and kindness to win out,

I send strength through the nervy moments

that may occur today,

if the worse comes to the worse

please remember it is not the end,

that man won’t be in charge forever

regardless but let’s hope he goes sooner

rather than later.

Good luck America,

good luck to the ordinary citizens

with love in their hearts,

good luck to the future,

goodbye to the past,

we are all with you all today

around the world,

keep the hope throughout

and wishing you all lots of luck.