Are you one of those many writers who dream of writing full-time? (Yes!) Do you sometimes resent the time at your paid work that takes you away from what feels like your real work, i.e. writing? (Yes! Often!) Do you nonetheless need to keep working because of, you know, the fact that writing doesn’t pay, … More Dear Writer, don’t give up your day job… embrace it!
Here are eight things that I have learned over the past few years about how to push a writing project through from concept to completion: 1. Work on multiple projects While this might not work for everyone, I find it helpful to have multiple projects underway at different stages. I generally have the following on … More Eight tips for writing from first draft to finished manuscript
I was sitting in front of some uni students on the bus yesterday and listening to them talk. (I’m a writer! It’s called research!) They were having a conversation about grades, and one of them was saying how happy she was she’d finally broken through and gotten a High Distinction after a long string of … More Finding your motivation for Nanowrimo and beyond
If there are ‘rules’ for blogging, I tend to break them. I don’t publish to a regular schedule. Some weeks I manage to write a bunch of posts, some weeks none at all. I don’t write about a narrowly-targeted subject that is of interest to a specific audience. I mostly write about whatever I feel … More Why I am a bad blogger
It can’t be happening. Surely it can’t be happening. It is. I’m going to be forty in just under two months. But it’s okay, nobody panic. As of this week I have a motto and a rudimentary plan. My motto: Fuck it, I’m Forty. The best old people I know say it like it … More Help, I’m turning forty!
My blog is six months old. Six months! Just a baby still, I know. But on the other hand, in the space of six months I’ve gone from No Blog to Blog. I’ve taken the plunge into a domain name. I’ve grappled with words on the screen. I’ve tried to find images that add something … More My blog is having a six month crisis
Really, honestly? If you’re somebody who, at some point each day, or on a decent proportion of your allotted days, sits down and picks up a pen or puts your fingers on a keyboard and strings words together of your own free will: why? It’s a strange thing to do. You do realise you’re basically … More Why write?
My main character, Raven, killed a cat. This took me by surprise. She had reasons for doing it, it wasn’t just a sudden whim, but nonetheless, as it all started to unfold I paused – Hang on, are you really going to do this? Really? I went and got a cup of tea and came … More Killing the cat