Tuesday, 2 February 2016



I'm very excited to say that I have a new online home --


--is live and kicking. It's pretty, it's pink, it's packed with info about me and my books, and it's where all the cool kids will be hanging out from here on in.

I'll be leaving the blog archive here, so all old links, etc. will work, but I hope you'll come and join me at elliedarkins.com

Lots of love, and thanks for your support for this little old blog.


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy 2016, and New Year's resolutions

Happy 2016 people!

Although 2016 started three days ago already, tomorrow feels like it will be the proper start of the new year for me. It's my first day with a word count target, the first day my husband will be back at work, so the first day of real life after an incredible Christmas and New Year break. So in the spirit of the new year, here are my writing resolutions for 2016:

Keep my writing JOY Before writing was my job, it was my hobby and my passion. Contracts and deadlines have a way of sapping the joy out of anything, but if my maternity break showed me anything, it was how much I love my craft.

But I can't just write when I feel like it Because as much as it used to be my hobby, it's now my career, and I'm a professional. I've not
missed a deadline yet and I have no intention of starting now.

Be kind to myself Those first few thousand words when I came back to writing were never going to be my best. It's taken a while to hit my stride, and there have been times when I've lost faith in my talent and my craft. But I know I can do it. The book will get finished, and it will be good.

Has anyone else got inspirational resolutions to share?