Why I’m so glad my manuscript was rejected

I'll be honest. I was actually very sure my manuscript for the first book I ever wrote would be turned down when I went knocking on the doors of four publishers last year, heavy tome in tow. And it was. All four times! But the latest and final rejection was probably the most definitive since … Continue reading Why I’m so glad my manuscript was rejected

Writing into the new year with my old themes

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you" - Zora Neale Hurston (Dust Tracks on a Road) In me, I’ve always felt there was something, a story, that wants to get out. Actually maybe more than one ‘something’. And definitely more than one story! No, this isn’t a scene from the 1979 … Continue reading Writing into the new year with my old themes

One writer’s return to writing morning pages

Four years ago, I completed an online memoir writing course where my coach urged us to drop writing prompts and exercises like morning pages. Instead, we should focus on intentional (purposeful) writing each time we put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. At about the same time, I learned what morning pages were (random, … Continue reading One writer’s return to writing morning pages

My “Writing Heroes” #6 – Those I’ve Never Read (Part 2)!

Last week, I wrote shamefacedly about C S Lewis, a writing hero of mine. Even though I never read any of his works all the way through. As shocking and embarrassing as that post was -- calling a writer my hero when I've never read his works cover to cover -- it can't beat today's … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #6 – Those I’ve Never Read (Part 2)!

“Writing on the go” is all about, well, writing on the go!

Of late I’m finding it increasingly hard writing in a proper way. By "proper" I mean seated at a desk with my laptop in front of me and banging away at the keyboard merrily. Or doodling endlessly on my notepad while sitting in a comfortable arm chair. All the while, undisturbed. Why? Well for one … Continue reading “Writing on the go” is all about, well, writing on the go!

Want to write better? Try writing poetry

Every so often when I'm in a funk I'm reminded, thankfully, of the wonder that is poetry. To lift me out of the rut. To transport me to another place; another space. It's truly wondrous because it's the only literal art form I know that conveys a wealth of emotions and wisdom with just a … Continue reading Want to write better? Try writing poetry

Podcasts that inspire me to write #3/4

Three weeks ago I started this podcast mini-series by introducing two categories of podcasts that inspire me to write. I then followed it up with another entry a week later about categories three and four. Today I'm going to share another category of inspiring podcasts. But before I do, I have to explain what motivates … Continue reading Podcasts that inspire me to write #3/4

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

You're back! Great. Thanks for returning to the second part of this mini-series on film reviews. (If you're new here though, you might want to read Part 1 first) Last week I stated that the act of writing film reviews can be an excellent training ground for aspiring writers to hone their writing craft for … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

I've been pondering the power and place of film reviews ever since I took up a film criticism and analysis module nearly a decade ago, on my way to completing a Mass Comm Masters. Back then I took up the module for the simple fact that I, like millions of other folks around the world, … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

How “flit-reading” among books inspired me to write

When I think about a recent line I read, I can't help but pump a fist in the air and say a definitive YES! In the novel “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (which was made into a film I recently reviewed), co-authors Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows had one of their … Continue reading How “flit-reading” among books inspired me to write