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 #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…”

“O fathers, where art thou?” – One dad’s musings on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day

Sep 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSP Day) but, I have to confess, the reality of suicide used to baffle me when I was younger and none the wiser. How could anyone summon up that much courage to inflict the kind of bodily pain that would end your … Continue reading “O fathers, where art thou?” – One dad’s musings on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day

C’mon men, enough with the small talk! We’re pass 50 already for cryin’ out loud

So, fair warning: This maybe just the beginning! Today I'm going to start a post that's either of two things: a one-off piece, or the start of a series. (Fingers crossed, I should know by the end of it!) Why so indecisive you ask? Well, quite frankly, it's been a thorn in my flesh for … Continue reading C’mon men, enough with the small talk! We’re pass 50 already for cryin’ out loud

Reasons why writers write? Same as why not everyone’s suited to a writing life

There comes a time when writers will inevitably ask THE question: Why choose a writing life? I've no idea, and I'm not alone. No less a giant in the literary world than George Orwell himself once said: “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery." … Continue reading Reasons why writers write? Same as why not everyone’s suited to a writing life

“Three Wrongs Do Not An Essay Make” – How one memory derailed my writing plan

An editor approached me a couple of months back, asking if I would share with her readers my journey as a dad with a special needs child; in particular the period following my son's official ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. My first thought was: "Ok, sure. That diagnosis happened more than two years ago so … Continue reading “Three Wrongs Do Not An Essay Make” – How one memory derailed my writing plan

As writers, we must fight Resistance every day

Alright. This is me keeping a promise I made. I'm going to talk about every writer's mortal enemy: The "Resistance". First coined by Steven Pressfield, the Resistance is the collective term for everything that gets in the way of the creative process. It's what every creative person in every creative endeavour endures as a result … Continue reading As writers, we must fight Resistance every day

What car rides with Caleb taught me about autism and attention

Living with my son's autism from day to day teaches me many things - provided I bother to pay attention. Provided I bother to learn. Sadly, I don't. Not enough anyway. For me, arguably the greatest hurdle parenting him all these years, has been to try and come to terms with his fixations. How to … Continue reading What car rides with Caleb taught me about autism and attention