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
Today, I am DONE…with writing advice. All writers know that writing processes are uniquely moulded to specific writers and that no two writers are exactly the same. So, why oh why do writers insist on inflicting their advice on others? Haven’t we all heard some of the classic evergreens? Write every day – Don’t write everyday Write faster – Write slower Outline your novel – … Continue reading One Good Reason to Dismiss Writing Advice
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
There are many people out there who think that all it takes to be a successful writer is one good idea. And then, there is another crowd who are very quick to profess that all ideas are worthless and that writing is all about the execution. These are certainly the two major opinions on writing I hear discussed regularly in relation to Harry Potter, The … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless
First of all, I must admit that I don’t have an answer to the question in the title of this post. This is me, daring to reach out to readers of this blog who might have forgotten all about me to say: I am sorry that I abandoned you (and myself). I didn’t intend to come back. Life got difficult and I gave up. And … Continue reading How to Get Back to Writing After a 16 Month Break?
Emotions are the bricks that build great fiction. It’s great to be in flow and feel happy and productive all the time. But what if those feelings are completely turned upside down in the blink of an eye? What if the passing of another human being becomes the great inhibiting force which so many of us writers fear? I’m sorry to say that I have … Continue reading How to Write Through Grief?
The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote … Continue reading When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King
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