Aside from writing itself, I believe reading is the single most important element in a healthy writing life.
As Natalie Goldberg pointed out:
If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.
You should be reading the type of stories we want to write. Why? Here are five reasons.
It’s NanoWriMo season again, and it’s time to talk about patience. It is important to understand how your skills as a writer develop and what realistic goals you can set for yourself. For those just beginning the annual event or veterans, here are some things to take away from NaNoWriMo.
We were all saddened by the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book artist and co-creator of some of pop culture’s most enduring superheroes. As a fiction writer, I have always appreciated Stan Lee’s method of writing, even though I have never written comics before – there are lessons in which fiction writers can learn from him.
Here are six inspiring quotes from the legendary creator of superheroes.
It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.
For those new to my blog, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. I haven’t posted in a while but I want to stay on the topic of rejection letters.
Here is last weeks post, My First Rejection Letter and today I want to question:
What did you do after your rejection letter?
Daily writing habits are essential to help clear our minds and begin generating a current of ideas that, with consistency, will only get stronger over time. I believe it is extremely important to the success of a writer, and how we evolve in our craft, to make a habit of writing every day, especially if we are participating in NaNoWriMo.
No one says that forming a daily writing routine will be easy! Writing is truly a discipline.
Here are three strategies I have used to create a daily writing habit:
If there is one thing most authors have in common, besides the sheer agony that sometimes accompanies the writing process, it is the dreaded Rejection Letter from an agent or publisher.
Nobody wants to red a stry wit erors. That’s why proofreading is essential.
I am in the third round of edits for my debut novel, A Time of Stones and some might not enjoy it but I love the proofreading and editing process. It’s a time to focus on each word, correcting superficial errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and formatting. So the reader can trust the author and immerse into the story.
If you’d like to expedite your proofreading so you can get back to writing your story, consider these three tips.
It’s that time again. NaNoWriMo! Here are some tricks to making this write-a-novel-in-a-month exercise work for you.
A few weeks ago I posted a discussion, How Do You Choose Your Characters Name?
After you have successfully fallen in love with your characters name, you can start your story. However, you finish your story but you don’t feel compelled to the protagonist, their arc is shallow and if you can’t make your readers care, they’ll find it difficult to read your book.
Here are five ways to make your protagonist three dimensional:
It has been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. The school holidays filled my time with countless pages of editing, visiting family up the coast and professional learning days for work.
To be honest, after having time off, I’m struggling to find the rhythm and routine to sit down each morning before the day starts and post on my blog. However, consistency creates order.
I want to thank the people that contacted me to be a beta-reader for my debut novel, A Time of Stones. If you stumble upon this and you’re interested, click here and leave me your details. Contact me.
Writing is an adventure that frees your imagination, your feelings and your passions. Till I recoupe and regather my routine, here is a quote from Albert Camus about the writing journey and the risk writers endure through their lifetime.
“On the ridge where the great artist move forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk however, and only there, lies the freedom or art. Like all freedom, it is a perpetual risk, an exhausting adventure, and this is why people avoid the risk today, as they avoid liberty with its exacting demands, in order to accept any kind of bondage and achieve at least comfort of soul. But if art is not an adventure, what is it and where is its justification?”