So, I have yet again had some serious issues with moving my WIP (work in progress) towards completion… I am about half-way through my 3rd draft and I have just come to realise that the whole things reads much better told in present tense (rather than past tense). In the interest of writing the best possible final draft of my novel, I have given in … Continue reading 10 Devastating Side-Effects of Perfectionism
Setbacks are a normal part of every writers’s life and career. Unfortunately knowing this doesn’t make them easier to accept. Hitting a setback sucks! Especially when it’s through no fault of your own. And who would know better than me? I have spent this last week in a flu-ey stupor as I have sneezed, coughed, wiped, and cried my way towards the weekend, knowing my … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Bad About Setbacks
There is a prominent idea out there in the world that anybody wishing to achieve anything in life should look for a mentor. It’s not bad advice. But mentors are (unfortunately) seemingly as rare a beta readers, fairies, and unicorns. Who has the luck to know a great writer? And which great writer has the time to mentor a fledgling writer like me? Is it … Continue reading One Sure-Fire Way to Find a Writing Mentor
First of all, I must admit that I don’t have an answer to the question in the title of this post. This is me, daring to reach out to readers of this blog who might have forgotten all about me to say: I am sorry that I abandoned you (and myself). I didn’t intend to come back. Life got difficult and I gave up. And … Continue reading How to Get Back to Writing After a 16 Month Break?
If you are about to start editing your manuscript and have absolutely, no idea where to start, look no further! Polly Courtney‘s video will give you an idea of what editing stages you should consider going through. I have been watching her videos for a while now and always find helpful tips and suggestions as I go on editing my work. Continue reading 4 Things Not to Miss When Editing Fiction
Emotions are the bricks that build great fiction. It’s great to be in flow and feel happy and productive all the time. But what if those feelings are completely turned upside down in the blink of an eye? What if the passing of another human being becomes the great inhibiting force which so many of us writers fear? I’m sorry to say that I have … Continue reading How to Write Through Grief?
It’s a hot and sticky Sunday (especially sticky) and thoughts, along with words, are just sticking between my fingers and don’t want to come out. So stuff editing! It’s an unproductive mess of an afternoon. But since I have now completed the second draft of my current dystopian YA project The Dream Parade (Part One) (yay!) I thought it’s maybe time for the cover reveal, which … Continue reading The Dream Parade (Part One) – Cover Reveal
The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote … Continue reading When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King
So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple … Continue reading How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions
Writing prompts are like sea shells…they’re scattered around every beach in abundance but you only pick up a few. At least that’s what most people tend to think. But here’s the problem: not all writing prompts are valuable writing prompts. So, it doesn’t matter how many seashells are scattered around your path – if seashells don’t inspire you, it won’t help a bit, no … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Usually Don’t Work