Writers are procrastinators. Okay, that’s a bold statement, and I’m 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 not […]
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 […]
I’ve noticed that many, like me, tend to keep at least two journals on the go at any one time, plus others for specific projects. We’ll take a look at specific projects notebooks later on in this series, but here’s how I divide my two major notebooks: While it is entirely possible to mix these […]
Writing journals are all over social media at the moment as a go-to for the new and professional writer alike. You might be thinking, “What’s so special about keeping a notebook?” The writing journal is much more than just a place to store thoughts though. When used as a tool it can help you massively increase your […]
With Heartsnare out in the world, I’ve been thinking about something quite a lot: Who is my audience? You’re really supposed to know who you are writing for when you start, I hear you say and I know, I know, but I have to be honest I never gave it too much thought. Not until […]
Like those who practice other art disciplines I believe that writing everyday is essential to improving my skills. But how do you do it when you have nothing to write about? One way is to use prompts.
Last year, as part of my UMLP (Unf*ck My Life Project), I started attending a poetry group called the Black Horse Poets. I now also go to a short fiction group attended by many of the same lovely people–and it is one of the best decisions I have made for my writing career. Here’s why.
I’m a writer. I can say that with a moderate amount of confidence now. I’ve been doing this professionally for over a decade, my work has appeared in several journals, at multiple online venues, and my debut novel Heartsnare is now out in print. Yet it took the longest time to say it out loud, […]