What REALLY happens when I rewrite!

It’s been a year since I wrote about my book-length memoir’s rewrite process. And there’s a good reason why: I’ve not (gulp!) been doing much of it! Notice though I said “not…much…” Meaning I have done some. So, not a complete lost cause. Then again, once you read on here to see what exactly I … Continue reading What REALLY happens when I rewrite!

Of Chips, Remote & Writer’s Pause – The Reluctance of Rewrite

I’ll be perfectly honest: I have writer’s pause. Wait, you say. Don’t you mean writer’s block? Nope. Apparently there is no such thing as writer’s block. At least not according to Marion, my writing coach. You can read her take on it here. There is, though, a reluctance to rewrite. At least for me. So, rather … Continue reading Of Chips, Remote & Writer’s Pause – The Reluctance of Rewrite

Editing is the spade work it’s supposed to be – My Rewrite Reckoning

I remember a game we used to play in those staff bonding retreats, back when I was still a “staff”. We would form into a few groups, each group standing in a circle. Every person would put out one hand in the centre of the circle to grab another person’s hand. Then, with the other … Continue reading Editing is the spade work it’s supposed to be – My Rewrite Reckoning

My Writing Process #4: The Rewrite Phase – Step 3 “Where the rubber meets the road”

Oh dear. My writing coach is going to shake a fist at me when she hears what I’m about to say: “I’m stuck.” You see, according to her, I’m not supposed to be. But I kinda am right now. Sighhh….  I know she was talking more about the first draft when she says there’s no … Continue reading My Writing Process #4: The Rewrite Phase – Step 3 “Where the rubber meets the road”

My Writing Process #3: The Rewrite Phase – Step 2 “Making a List, Checking it Twice, or…”

In true procrastination form, I have waited exactly two months to post this update today on my rewrite phase. Gosh I’m “good” aren’t I ?! (*bitter laugh*) Okay I’m not going to apologise for this tardiness because the truth is, this was such an “easy” step that I almost forgot to blog about it. Instead, … Continue reading My Writing Process #3: The Rewrite Phase – Step 2 “Making a List, Checking it Twice, or…”

My Writing Process #2: The Rewrite Phase – Step 1 “Shake, Rattle & Roll”

And so the rewrite begins. I started chronicling my writing process with a post I made last week, one that recounted the first phase of my process – the decision, design and discipline that helped me complete my first draft manuscript earlier this month. That first phase of my writing process I called “The Deadline … Continue reading My Writing Process #2: The Rewrite Phase – Step 1 “Shake, Rattle & Roll”

My “New Heroes” #1 – Famous Procrastinating Writers

Talk about procrastinators! Nearly 12 months ago, I wrote about my “Writer’s Pause“, and how I’ve been reluctant to press on with my book-length memoir rewrite. It seems in all this time, not very much has changed! My “PAUSE” button seems to be working more like a “STOP” button instead. Welcome to the abysmal life … Continue reading My “New Heroes” #1 – Famous Procrastinating Writers

20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 1/4)

Last Saturday, I wrote my 200th blog post. Two years after I started to write and post for the very first time! Today, to commemorate that milestone, I’m going to share 20 things I’ve learned about writing from these 200 blog posts. But I’m going to give you these five at a time; in short, … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 1/4)

To write well? Go from “here to there”, small and slow.

Yesterday, while trying to write well (or I should say rewrite well), it finally hit me. I had been agonising over the written drafts for my book for months, to make sense of what I wrote. The various paragraphs and chapters needed a serious re-look. Somehow, despite having followed a carefully mapped-out process and structure, … Continue reading To write well? Go from “here to there”, small and slow.

Writing is really hard work – let no one tell you different!

If you’ve been following and reading my blog for a while now, let me first say a big Thank You! Cos, make no mistake, writing IS hard work. So having an audience really affirms my efforts! Here’s hoping as long as I keep at it and keep posting, you’ll keep reading and (maybe) keep helping … Continue reading Writing is really hard work – let no one tell you different!