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About Bernadette ODwyer

Bernadette is a writer of contemporary fiction for females. She has written her debut novel "Her" and is currently working on her second novel, which has the working title "Weigh to go!".

She has had some success in short story competitions and her poem "Jutt" is included on the Polesworth Poetry Trail, Pooley Heritage Park, Warwickshire, England.

Bernadette is an active member of two writers' groups and also a member of The Romantic Novelists' Association. Bernadette juggles her writing career with the demands of being an English teacher in a local secondary school.

In November 2012 she participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in which authors challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.

Bernadette's blog traces her creative journey as an aspiring writer heading towards her goal of novel publication.

She has successfully self-published two short stories on Kindle, each were competition winners in recent years.

Bernadette can be followed on Twitter or her blog with the links below.

Are You a Writer If You Don't WriteLast week I had the unfortunate experience of being lectured – sounds harsh and believe me she was, by a person who calls themselves a writer but who doesn’t actually write.

You know the sort, individuals who spout writing advice, give lots of opinions regarding what I should and shouldn’t do with my work and yet hasn’t committed a single creative


Join the Madness of NaNoWriMoAre you a crazy writer?  A frantic word counter?  Or simply a writing nut that loves a challenge?  Well read on and join me as I prepare for 1st November and the annual madness known as National Novel Writing Month.  Thirty days of mind-blowing madness that unites the globe via sleepless nights, aching and tired shoulders but huge smiles on 30th November.  The mission – to write 50,000 words in one month.  Sounds a lot doesn’t it?


Twitter TipsWhat can make you laugh, cry, and even land you in hot water by circling the Earth in a nano second?  The answer: a 140 character Twitter message.  It can do a lot of other wonderful things too but if you don’t understand the basics of how it works – you, as a writer are missing out on self-promotion.

Last night my writers’ group was baffled by


My Little Green To Read BookcaseA good writer reads – simple.  Sadly I purchase far more books than I currently have time to read.  So, I’d like to introduce you to my little green bookcase - it holds my “To-Read” books.

A tiny bookcase, that I remember buying as a single gal and struggling to put together in my first home, which now stands at the top of the staircase and is groaning under the weight.

Anyway, I was thumbing through the books the other day


A Reflective Writing Inventory2012 has been my finest year regards creativity and writing. I’d promised myself as a New Year’s resolution that this was to be my year and that vow hasn’t wavered.

I started the year determined to gain membership to the Romantic Novelists’ Associations’ New Writers’ Scheme.  Application is via a simple email sent on 2nd January – one simple rule applies – no emails