Despite my constant reminders that a writer should write everyday, tonight I’ve decided to give myself some time off. It’s the end of the week, I’m tired and the regulars in a chatroom I visit every Friday night have deserted me. I’ve also finished the rounds on the internet and my eyes are feeling heavy. … Read moreNight Off
Let’s face it, writers abuse themselves. They sit in front of a computer for countless hours. They sit up half the night then can’t sleep because the scenes continue playing in their head. When they fall asleep, they don’t stay asleep for the number of hours that is healthy – instead they wake up in … Read moreLooking After Yourself
Have you heard of the KISS technique? No, it doesn’t mean you go around giving everyone a big sloppy kiss in the hope of getting published. It means to keep your writing simple. KISS = Keep it simple stupid Some writers feel they have to use big, impressive words to be successful but, often, by … Read moreKeep It Simple (Stupid)
Last night I reported having difficulties with a fight scene. I persevered and managed to get the scene started. Hopefully, this evening I’ll be able to pick up where I left off and continue on to the end. The problem with these scenes (for me) is that so many things are happening at once, and … Read morePunching it out
Chapter 6 is moving very slowly. There is a scene where the antagonist attacks my protagonist group. However, I can’t seem to visualise the scene. For those of you who know me well, you’ll shake your head and think “after all this time, she still locks up with fight scenes”, and you’ll be right. I … Read morePlay it again, Sam
Some published authors detest fan fiction, while others don’t mind it one bit. There are good and bad points to consider when thinking about this issue. Firstly, I think it’s a huge compliment that the reader feels so highly of your world, and characters, that they want to return there again and again by writing … Read moreFan Fiction: Is it a good thing?
Once a writer becomes serious about their craft, reading no longer has the power to entertain them because a writer develops an editing mind and that mind has its own “little red pen”. Gone are the hours lost in other worlds, and other people’s lives. What once was fun and relaxing, suddenly becomes just another … Read moreWriters as Readers
To put it simply…for me, to be e-published or to have a book self-published is the same as not being published at all. Why? Because anyone can produce an e-book, anyone can go down the POD or vanity press road. Anyone.