Everyone would agree it's an absolute gift to come into a new work week where the calendar looks pretty empty! For a writer, that's like a sweet promise of long, uninterrupted moments filled with blissful writing. What could be better? Of course, my daily parenting duties continue, so I'm not exactly "free". Still, since last … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #4 – Those who write. Or do nothing!
It's been said that beginner writers would be well-advised to write what we know. No major arguments there from me. After all, as famous writer Flannery O’Connor once opined, anyone who survives childhood has enough information to write for the rest of his or her life. Meaning, even as early as 12 or 13 years of age, … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #3 – Those who write what they want to know
Publication. The mecca of any newbie writer's wildest dream. (Second only to being a New York Times bestseller) But THIS newbie writer, still wet behind the ears? Yikes! Look, I'll be honest. To harbor thoughts of publishing? It's THE scariest thing I can think of right now. In many ways, I'm even putting the proverbial … Continue reading Writing towards the world of publication with…hope?
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!
In a recent post, I referenced award-winning author and TV personality Bruce Feiler and his excellent book The Council of Dads (2010). While adding in my post an Amazon link to the book, I stumbled upon one of his more recent works (published last year); the subject of this, my fourth and latest life hack … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #3 — Living the non-linear life
Hey K It's time to be perfectly candid about your writing, alright? Cos we both know it's no mean feat to reach a milestone of writing 500 blogs. And given your current consistency, you'll no doubt get there sooner than you think! But may I remind you this was never meant to be a numbers … Continue reading Note to self: when writing that 500th blog, don’t forget the 1st!
Have you heard of "The Fraud Squad"? Neither have I. But I'm betting you've heard of "Crazy Rich Asians" and "The Devil Wears Prada." Well, it seems that a fellow countryman, or should I say countrywoman, of mine had just scored a major coup! At the tender age of 23, Ms. Kyla Zhao hit the … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #2 – Those who publish late in life
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 “Writing Heroes” #1 – Those who often procrastinate
This week, I'm taking a break from my usual Wednesday posting on Writing and Life. After four intense weeks of unpacking stuff I've learned about writing (from two years and 200 blog posts), I figured hey I've earned this break. Plus, I'm taking my family for our first staycation in years! Given how Covid's derailed … Continue reading Our first staycation in years!
Finally. Here it is. I started this 'mini-series' four weeks ago and I'm now ready to bring it to a close. If you've been patiently following (thanks lots!), you'll know this series aims to list 20 things I've learned about writing and blogging since chocking up my 200th blog post last month. Delivering them weekly … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 4/4)