You are a writer. You read novels and books on writing craft. You spend hours practicing writing and editing. You go to conferences and writing workshops. Well that's great. But that is keeping the writer alive, it's not keeping you alive. Yes, we are actually human beings after all. While I am no health professional, … Continue reading How to Stay Alive as a Writer
(Photo by Inês Pimentel on Unsplash) (I'm also not trying to sound like Galadriel either) For those of us writing fiction (which I think is everyone here???) We are writing just that. Fiction. Fake stuff. Make believe. Unicorns and dragons and hob goblins. And everybody knows it. Readers pick up your book and think "this is a novel. … Continue reading If You Don’t Believe in Your Book, No one Will (I swear I’m not trying to sound like a cat poster)
The setting: Early, grey morning. I'm half-asleep, having being awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I had just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel. 20,000 words I had NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted and my brain is melted and full of snot. So what do I do? … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Writing
It seems sometimes writers are held to a mythological level. Writers spending their time roaming misty hills in the highlands, or in small, dark offices, or huddling in the corners of coffee shops. But REALLY? DO WE DO THESE THINGS?? Are the myths all true??? I don't know, I can only speak for myself over … Continue reading 5 Misconceptions About Writers (like no one has done this before.)
Everyone knows that if you wait till you have inspiration to write you will never write anything, etc. etc. Blah, blah, blah. *ahem* This is all true but that's not what we are talking about today. So, shove that all aside please. Today we are talking about finding "inspiration" which is also entitled "how to … Continue reading How to Find inspiration (without banging your head on a brick wall)
Make sure you don't have characters that are wasting everybody's time and taking up oxygen. What I mean is - sometimes characters are put in because they feel necessary. Such as: Your MC: people have friends, right? Let's give them a friend. At School: there are always bullies, right? Here's a bully. At home: They … Continue reading Don’t Have Excess Characters
I don't like questions like this. It's similar to asking if pointe shoes hurt. Well....I mean I am balancing my whole body weight on my toes, it doesn't exactly feel like fluffy pillows. (I do understand why people ask this question, but it was the only similarity I could think of). So is writing difficult? … Continue reading Is Writing Easy? Does it Matter?
You're opening chapter one. The scene is enthralling, it's coming to the climax when the character screams in horror and suddenly - They wake up. *reader groans, closes book, and puts it back on the shelf* You, the reader, feel cheated. No one likes to feel cheated. But is opening your book with a dream … Continue reading Opening with Dream Sequences
I HAVEN'T POSTED IN TWO WEEKS I'M SO SORRY PEOPLE. First my schedule was frantically full, then I got sick/allergies/an alien might have invaded my body. I'm back, and with stuff to say. I heard a writer once say: "I don't write ideas down. If I forget them, I guess they weren't that good." … Continue reading Should You Write Ideas Down? Or Trust to Remember the Good Ones?
Due to a lot going on this week and getting behind on writing, there is NO BLOG POST THIS WEEK. *please do not panic. This is not the apocalypse*