3 Top Tips on Managing Self-Doubt as a Writer

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

Become Creative on Demand and Write When You Want!

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!

4 Clues Why Writing on a Bank Holiday Might Be a Bad Idea

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

One Sure-Fire Way to Find a Writing Mentor

There is a prominent idea out there in the world that anybody wishing to achieve anything in life should look for a mentor. It’s not bad advice. But mentors are (unfortunately) seemingly as rare a beta readers, fairies, and unicorns. Who has the luck to know a great writer? And which great writer has the time to mentor a fledgling writer like me? Is it … Continue reading One Sure-Fire Way to Find a Writing Mentor

How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple … Continue reading How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

Why Writing Prompts Usually Don’t Work

Writing prompts are like sea shells…they’re scattered around every beach in abundance but you only pick up a few.   At least that’s what most people tend to think. But here’s the problem: not all writing prompts are valuable writing prompts. So, it doesn’t matter how many seashells are scattered around your path – if seashells don’t inspire you, it won’t help a bit, no … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Usually Don’t Work

Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better. Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!! …OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂 Continue reading Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps

Writing faster has been a major concern for me this weekend. I often feel frustrated at limitations placed on my fiction writing (mainly time, typing speed, and focus). So, this weekend, I have enlisted the help of Cady Vance‘s video taking us through 4 simple steps that can help you write faster today. I managed to quadruple my wordcount for today by focusing on improving … Continue reading Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps

3 Pulp Fiction Quotes That Have Made Me A Better Writer

If you’ve read my fiction samples, you’ll know that what I write is about as far away from pulp fiction as London from Auckland (at least 11,389 miles). Nonetheless, many of my more eccentric ideas have been inspired by the quotes of great pulp fiction movies…mainly quotes from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to be exact. The wisdom that can be distilled from the dialogue of this … Continue reading 3 Pulp Fiction Quotes That Have Made Me A Better Writer

Ray Bradbury’s #1 Top Tip for A Killer Storyline

This week, the endless wisdom of Ray Bradbury and his essays on writing have truly been giving me strength and the ability to carry on with my writing. I am immensely proud to say that I am only about 16,000 words away from completing my second draft of The Dream Parade {Part One} sporting a seriously improved storyline. Finally, I am fully unstuck and ready to … Continue reading Ray Bradbury’s #1 Top Tip for A Killer Storyline