Coming up with ideas can be difficult, especially if like me you’re writing for a large portion of the day every day. There are some sessions when my head is buzzing with possible stories, when I’m racing to get to the keyboard. When I’m alive with the sound of music. No, wait, that’s…never mind. And […]
Using story prompts is one of the best ways to get a writer’s brain firing. In this series, I’ll be taking an image I’ve found around the web and using it as a jumping-off point for a quick fiction write. The best part? I’d love to see how you interpret the picture in your own […]
As someone who writes dark fantasy books, I’m always interested in what makes a reader’s skin crawl. You know the feeling. When it’s 4 am and you’re in the house alone and that shadow outside your door looks sort of threatening and it half reminds you of a story you read… Yes, that! I want […]
Writers are procrastinators. Okay, that’s a bold statement, and I’m not sure that it will hold true for absolutely every writer out there. But in general, out of the writers I know and the many interviews I’ve read with writers talking about their habits, there does seem to be a tendency to procrastinate. That’s maybe […]
I like to joke that for my 30th birthday I gave myself the gift of mental wellness, but it’s not actually a joke. I really did that.
Writing is an odd art form. While for things like drawing and painting there are clear tutorials and guides, for writing it is really difficult to know if you are progressing in the way that you should. No on gives you clear references of what being a “good writer” should look like. It’s probably no surprise […]
You’ve probably heard writing gurus, professional writers, and writing teachers all say it time and time again: If you want to be a great writer, you have to write every day. But is that true? I’ve been asked this a lot. The question often comes from people who are just starting out in their writing journey […]
Psst: What if I told you that you can have a tool to hand that can mean you never run out of ideas again? It’s not too good to be true. It’s actually really simple. Writing journals. Notepads and pens. That’s it. For me, specifically, I break my writing system down into two journals: Why […]