How to Cure Writer’s Block with Twitter

Writer’s block affects us all from time to time. There are already multiple strategies out there that can help any writer overcome the dreaded disease. Not only is Twitter still by far my favourite social media platform on the web today, it also helped me get through a serious bout of writer’s block last year when life got pretty difficult and my creative well was … Continue reading How to Cure Writer’s Block with Twitter

Should Writers Take Writing Courses?

This is a question that has plagued me for some time. Writers are people who write. So, if I don’t write, can I call myself a writer? If I write badly, do I have to call myself a ‘bad writer’? Well, I want to be a ‘good’ writer! I.e. somebody whose work gets read (and maybe even re-read). So wouldn’t it make sense to go … Continue reading Should Writers Take Writing Courses?

Why Your Writing is a Gift – even if you charge for it

  Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does. ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? So, I read a lot of Seth Godin’s writing lately. Admittedly this had more to do with my job rather than my writing. Seth writes extensively about being  indispensable in the workplace (yuk, yuk, I know). But for those of us … Continue reading Why Your Writing is a Gift – even if you charge for it

Writing About Elves: Terry Brooks On Putting Weight Behind Your Fantasy

I am currently a tiny bit obsessed with the Shannara Chronicles  and found this entertaining and insightful TEDx Talk by Terry Brooks about how to write plausible fantasy that doesn’t shy away from discussing weighty issues. Let me know what you think about this in the comments below.  Continue reading Writing About Elves: Terry Brooks On Putting Weight Behind Your Fantasy

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