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!

Why You Will NEVER Write a Book

Yesterday was the last day of a thing we rarely see in the UK: a Bank Holiday Weekend. We generally get two in May and one in August. That’s it!   I bet any of you who slave away at a job and have to fit their writing into the edges of the day can appreciate the gravitas of this information. Three guaranteed long weekends … Continue reading Why You Will NEVER Write a Book

The $10 Word Writing Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren’t always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message. –Youtube Blurb Continue reading The $10 Word Writing Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

7 Ways to ‘Squeeze The Day’ and Make Time for Your Writing

So, you have a deadline, some great ideas, awesome characters and some killer twists…but not enough words? Why is that? Let me guess: no time, right? You want to get to that 1 hour per day writing habit (or even just 10-30 minutes per day) but somehow there is always that one thing that comes up and zaps your time. I know! Me, too! I … Continue reading 7 Ways to ‘Squeeze The Day’ and Make Time for Your Writing

Why All Writers Should Train A Dragon

I recently had to deal with an aching shoulder. Apparently this was due to writing in uncomfortable positions. Spending a lot of time commuting to and from work, I tend to write most of my fiction on trains. Whilst I don’t usually feel uncomfortable typing on my iPad during my 50 minute commute (Mondays to Fridays) I do suspect that my posture during my writing … Continue reading Why All Writers Should Train A Dragon

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