Today, I am writing about a topic that has been constantly on my mind for the last few years: diversity… As society is increasingly becoming more diverse and as sensitivities towards equality and inclusion grow, I am not surprised that the calls for diversity in fiction are steadily getting louder. As a writer of Young Adult (YA) fiction, I feel the weight of responsibility to … Continue reading How to Respect Diversity When Your Novel Calls for Exclusion
To me, it seems that the number one underlying issue writers must face is the unpredictability of creative energy. You can call it a lacking touch of the muse, artistic no-man’s land, a mental prison of self-doubt, resistance…or any other name that has been given to the invisible force that has tormented creatives (and especially writers) since the dawn of time. So, how do we … Continue reading Become Creative on Demand and Write When You Want!
So, you’ve had your killer idea and are in the throws of writing your novel. The first few chapters are written and you are feeling pretty chuffed about your first draft going so well. Then it happens! Unexpectedly, your writing comes to a halt. Your character is in a (sticky) situation and you have absolutely no idea how to get them out of it. The … Continue reading How to Plug Plot Holes
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
There are many people out there who think that all it takes to be a successful writer is one good idea. And then, there is another crowd who are very quick to profess that all ideas are worthless and that writing is all about the execution. These are certainly the two major opinions on writing I hear discussed regularly in relation to Harry Potter, The … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless
Before my epic writing break (which you can read all about here in case you missed the last post), I would have thought it impossible to re-write my YA novel The Dream Parade from scratch. I was done. I had written two solid drafts and spent countless hours editing, reading and re-reading the work – pretty much ready to publish part one. I even had … Continue reading Should You Re-Write a Story That Is Already Complete?
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