Happy New Year! (Yes, I know it's March). So.... life. You'll often hear writers complain that life gets in the way of writing. Work, kids, the day to day grind. Unless you're lucky enough to write full time, many writers master the art of 'fitting in' their writing around everything else. Then there's major life … Continue reading Big Questions. What next?
There's a lot of opinions floating around in the writing world: show don't tell, limit backstory, don't overuse dialogue tags, careful with too many adjectives, and the list goes on. While there's a lot of truth to these and these 'rules' are definitely worth taking note of, there's one in particular I find I simply … Continue reading Why your first draft doesn’t have to stink
Recently I was reading a blog post by one of my favourite authors, Deanna Raybourn, about what she does well. To my surprise, she considers not being a perfectionist one of her strengths. And it got me thinking . . . Firstly, it's important to note that while I am often retentive about details and rather methodical, I'm … Continue reading So you want to be a writer? Forget being a perfectionist
I learned to water ski on the weekend. That blurry person is me, I'm not making that up! As well as ticking something off my bucket list, the experience reminded me about the importance of stepping away from your desk when you're a writer. I've written in the past about Why Writers Need To Go … Continue reading Routine breakers: the ultimate writing inspiration
Anyone remember this great song? https://youtu.be/Zzyfcys1aLM Haven't listened to it a lot lately but the lyrics of the chorus keep going around in my head: There's got to be something better than In the middle . . . We can drive it home With one headlight. Writing through the fog Sometimes writing a novel feels … Continue reading Writing with one headlight