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
Today, I am DONE…with writing advice. All writers know that writing processes are uniquely moulded to specific writers and that no two writers are exactly the same. So, why oh why do writers insist on inflicting their advice on others? Haven’t we all heard some of the classic evergreens? Write every day – Don’t write everyday Write faster – Write slower Outline your novel – … Continue reading One Good Reason to Dismiss Writing Advice
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?
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
A rat came up my toilet and wreaked havoc in my kitchen! How did this happen you ask? Believe it or not but in Cardiff, many houses (including mine) have a bathroom bordering on the kitchen. Yeah gross…but OMG I had no idea just how bad things can get. I am told that this is quite normal given the high rainfall recently…with sewers getting flooded … Continue reading The Nightmare Club…
This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better. Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!! …OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂 Continue reading Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!
If you are are a SciFi nut like me, (or simply an interested reader/writer), you may be wondering what humans will look like in the future. This video, by AsapSCIENCE (sponsored by National Geographic) sheds some light on this question in less than 5 minutes. I hope you find this helpful. Pssst, writers! There may be some #writingprompts in there!! Continue reading What Will Humanity Look Like in 1000 Years?
Whilst getting inspired for writing material and stories is usually not a problem for me, I have been struggling with my ‘why’ lately. A ‘why’ is not to be confused with a goal or target. I have plenty of them and find it easy to remember what they are. In particular, my main goal (to earn a full-time living from fiction writing) is clearly imprinted … Continue reading How to Draw Inspiration from Unlikely Sources
As my friends and I, are counting down the last few hours of an exceptionally tough year, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to still be writing. Those who have been reading me regularly since the launch of this blog will have noticed the effects of what I can only describe as a horrific sh***-storm (a dramatic reduction in creative output). … Continue reading My 3 Most Important Writing Lessons of 2016