Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I have a love-hate relationship with writing prompts. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I don't like being told what to do—remind me never to sign up for a boot camp! In all seriousness, I love writing prompts that produce free, unselfconscious writing. Overly constrained tasks, … Continue reading Eight writing prompts to fire up creativity
Photo by SharkBite on Pexels.com At the moment I'm in the limbo period between finishing the first draft of a novel manuscript and embarking on the editing process. As a rule, I try to leave a manuscript alone for at least a month at this stage, preferably several months, in the hope of being objective … Continue reading Don’t limit yourself: the case for juggling multiple writing projects
Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com I've been playing at being a writer for nine years now, almost a decade. It came as something of a shock when I calculated the time since I first put fingers to keyboard, because I often feel like a beginner. To be fair, the first four years were a … Continue reading Eight things I wish I’d known when I started writing
Photo by Julia M Cameron on Pexels.com There's no skirting around the fact that 2020 has been the year from hell. So many people worldwide are dealing, quite literally, with life and death. Heartbreak and devastation. Overwhelming grief. In the midst of this global tragedy, it can be hard to find the will or the … Continue reading Free online resources for writers
Photo by Vera Arsic on Pexels.com We've all read dialogue that pulls us out of a story. Makes us throw the book across the room because it's so unrealistic, prattles on for ages with a tedious info dump, or bores us to death with pointless banter. Considering the fact that humans spend hundreds of hours … Continue reading How to write purposeful dialogue
Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com After years of taking writing seriously, of small successes and countless not-so-near misses, two upcoming events have triggered my fear of failure. Big time. I usually try to ignore the fear and press on, but this time I feel the need to address it. It’s time to talk about the … Continue reading Hello imposter syndrome, my old ‘friend’.
Photo by Startup Stock Photos on Pexels.com A writer friend of mine recently confessed that she found the idea of a small group workshop with an established author intimidating. Although she had already self-published several novels, and was no stranger to criticism and feedback, the thought of sitting at a table with a 'serious' author … Continue reading The new writer’s guide to creative writing workshops