5 Common Denominators Between Fiction Writing and Running a Half Marathon

Stephen King is famously known to have claimed: Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt. ―Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft As an indie author currently in the throws of trying to complete my first full-length novel (planned length: 90,000 words), … Continue reading 5 Common Denominators Between Fiction Writing and Running a Half Marathon

5 Ways of Coping with Writing Disaster

Isn’t it funny how your knees buckle in the face of disaster? How the world suddenly crumbles around you, leaving only the sudden, desperate focus on the one thing that went wrong? Suddenly all joy seems to have evaporated from your life and the only thing left is the inevitable, negative self-talk that we writers know all too well. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. I am … Continue reading 5 Ways of Coping with Writing Disaster

1 Ninja-Trick-Free Technique You Can Use to Write More

Most of us indie authors are obsessed with writing more, either through forming a habit of writing more regularly or by driving up word count through learning how to touch type or through use of dictation software. I am really impressed by all of the many ways in which it is possible to increase productivity as an indie fiction author and I have tried some … Continue reading 1 Ninja-Trick-Free Technique You Can Use to Write More

12 Essential Questions Answered in Behind-the-Scenes Blogging Tag

I came across this brilliant tag whilst reading some posts on The Inky Tavern blog which is run by my dear blogging buddy Desiree B. A massive Sunday shout out to you, lovely lady.

Captivated by the insight into another blogger’s way of doing things, I thought I’d add my own answers to the mix. Continue reading “12 Essential Questions Answered in Behind-the-Scenes Blogging Tag”

5 Ways You Can Share Your Writer’s Journey

To write for a living is generally thought of as a solitary activity. Mainly that’s true. Writing for me usually means being locked away inside my measly little flat for hours …sometimes days!

Also, seeing that most of the work actually goes on inside my head, I often feel that it is very difficult to actually share the amazing journey I am on: to becoming a full-time fiction writer. Continue reading “5 Ways You Can Share Your Writer’s Journey”

The Sweet Taste of Failure: 24 Hours and No Novella

And so the experiment concludes. Having written 20357 words in 24 hours, I can’t say that I am exactly sorry to find that I don’t have a novella but a robust, detailed outline for a novel on my hands.

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Writing Challenge Accepted: The 24-Hour Novella

It is with great excitement (and some butterflies in my belly) that I announce the ultimate writing challenge, which I am determined to take on over this coming weekend.

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3 Top Tips: How to Keep Writing Through the Storm?

In my experience, writing confidently and consistently is hard enough when life is just life.

To keep writing through the storm of emotional turmoil, when life throws it at you, is a remarkable achievement which is unfortunately not talked about enough. Continue reading “3 Top Tips: How to Keep Writing Through the Storm?”

7 Things Any Writer Should Know about World Building

As the dust begins to settle on the recent Brexit vote, I am writing from in between a rock and a hard place.

After all, I am in the business of imagining the kind of big, world-changing developments that make up alternative histories. Just never thought I’d live to see one.

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