Today, I am writing about a topic that has been constantly on my mind for the last few years: diversity… As society is increasingly becoming more diverse and as sensitivities towards equality and inclusion grow, I am not surprised that the calls for diversity in fiction are steadily getting louder. As a writer of Young Adult (YA) fiction, I feel the weight of responsibility to … Continue reading How to Respect Diversity When Your Novel Calls for Exclusion
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
I often read blog posts that deal with writers’ self-doubt and are titled something like ‘how to defeat self-doubt’ or ‘overcome self-doubt and kick-start your writing career’…pretty click-baitey but then they do get me to click through every time… However, when it comes to experiencing self-doubt as a writer, I am starting to get the feeling that self-doubt is part of the journey and needs … Continue reading 3 Top Tips on Managing Self-Doubt as a Writer
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
To me, it seems that the number one underlying issue writers must face is the unpredictability of creative energy. You can call it a lacking touch of the muse, artistic no-man’s land, a mental prison of self-doubt, resistance…or any other name that has been given to the invisible force that has tormented creatives (and especially writers) since the dawn of time. So, how do we … Continue reading Become Creative on Demand and Write When You Want!
So, you’ve had your killer idea and are in the throws of writing your novel. The first few chapters are written and you are feeling pretty chuffed about your first draft going so well. Then it happens! Unexpectedly, your writing comes to a halt. Your character is in a (sticky) situation and you have absolutely no idea how to get them out of it. The … Continue reading How to Plug Plot Holes
It’s Easter Sunday. The sun’s out. Easter Eggs are seductively beckoning from a little nest on the breakfast table and all I can think is: what am I going to post about today? Sunday is blogging day. That’s what I promised myself when I came back from the dead after a 16 month writing break. True enough. But do those rules apply on Easter Sunday? … Continue reading 4 Clues Why Writing on a Bank Holiday Might Be a Bad Idea