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
How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious … Continue reading The Mystery of Storytelling: Advice From a Literary Agent (Julian Friedmann)
When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it – or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don’t suppose many people try to do it. ― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle Continue reading On Reading Books: Dodie Smith
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
Our books are the deepest glimpses into our souls, the most raw and real anybody will ever find us. Melodie Ramone Continue reading On Indie Authorship: Melodie Ramone
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
Writing good dialogue can be tricky. As TV and comic book writing is increasingly influencing dialogues in novels, I thought I’d share this very topical Youtube video which I recently found very helpful to get my head straight on the topic.