If you are dreading the confrontation with the famous ‘blank page’ (like me) you may find this method helpful. Continue reading The #1 Method for Coming Up With Story Ideas
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
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?
Certain moments in our lives seem to last forever. Whether it is a first kiss or a car crash, time can seem to stretch…or even stop. Aaron Sitze explains how this sensation is conveyed in cinema and how the same conventions can be used to slow down time in your writing. Lesson by Aaron Sitze, animation by TED-Ed. -Youtube Blurb Continue reading How Writers Slow Down Time
If I had a plot that was all set in advance, why would I want go through the agony of writing the novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery, for me at any rate. — Chaim Potok Who is Chaim Potok? – LEARN MORE Continue reading Plotting vs. Pantsing
Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders – Roman Payne Continue reading On Writing: Roman Payne
The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive. –Youtube Blurb Continue reading How To Write Fiction That Comes Alive?
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
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
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