Former Writers’ Program student and occasional instructor Hannah Dennison recently published her sixth novel, Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall, the second in her Honeychurch mystery series which follows ex-TV celebrity Kat Stanford and her mother Iris, aka international bestselling romance writer Krsytalle Storm. Check out the teaser for the series here. In November, Hannah will celebrate the publication of her seventh novel, Accused! (the fifth book in Hannah’s Vicki Hill series) by Constable Crime (Little Brown).

So how does she balance a full time job with a flourishing writing career? Here are some of Hannah’s tips for maintaining a writing schedule:

  1. Write every single day. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes. It keeps you in the creative flow.
  1. Look at your natural rhythm. Are you a morning or night-time person? Pick your time and stick to it.
  1. I have a kitchen timer for when I get stuck. I write in 20 minute bursts and then get a reward (snacks, looking at the Daily Mail online, Facebook etc) for 10 minutes.

And remember, writing just one page a day for 365 days translates into a manuscript.

Congratulations, Hannah! You’re an inspiration.

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