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!

Note to self: when writing that 500th blog, don’t forget the 1st!

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!

My “Writing Heroes” #3 – Those who write what they want to know

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

20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 3/4)

Hey glad you came back! Always thankful when readers return. After all, it’s a big ask on my part to make you wait seven days each time before I reveal the complete list of 20 things about writing I learned. After posting my 200th blog! The good news is we’re already halfway done. And by … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 3/4)

20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 2/4)

Today I’m sharing my second installment of 20 things I learned from blogging these past two years, by listing the next five things. This time round, #6 – #10 will focus on the technicalities of writing itself. Here’s hoping you’ll find this list as helpful as last week’s. Let’s go! #6 Know what I’m writing … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 2/4)

This new year, I’m gonna lean into what scares me!

I’m probably going to regret publishing this. Oh well, as dame Doris Day once sang (yes I’m that old), “Que Sera Sera…Whatever will be will be”. After all, the start of a brand new year is typically the time lots of people say lots of things right? Things that sound like resolutions. Or a promise … Continue reading This new year, I’m gonna lean into what scares me!

Father-son bonding #2 — Rites of Passage

Hey J my precious son, Since my first post about it, I’m getting both excited and nervous as I start planning our December staycay. Truth is, I’ve never in a million years thought I would be undertaking such an ambitious project — to take us away for a father-son bonding retreat. Just us two. To … Continue reading Father-son bonding #2 — Rites of Passage

To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

By now, these are all-too-familiar scenes in my daily life. I could be walking out from one room in my house en route to another. Or washing my cup right after breakfast. Or I’m whisking from one opened computer window to another on my laptop. Whilst walking, washing or whisking, an idea, memory, random thought, … Continue reading To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

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

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)

My Writing Process #1: The Deadline Phase – Three “Ds” that nailed my first draft

Yes, it’s finally done! My 300+ page memoir. Oh, wait! I mean the first messy draft. The first ‘shitty’ draft. The first ‘vomit’ draft. Sorry. But hey, it’s a first nonetheless so excuse me while I gloat for all of 5 seconds. “1,000. 2,000. 3,000. 4,000. 5,000.” Okay done. I’m over it now. But as … Continue reading My Writing Process #1: The Deadline Phase – Three “Ds” that nailed my first draft