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

Is “showing up” all it takes to be a writer? Not quite.

Woody Allen once said that "80% of success in life is showing up!" I believe he's right. This is why I'm showing up at my usual writing space now, sitting and waiting for inspiration to come-a-calling. So I can blog my next masterpiece. Right. The truth is, since taking a break from blogging in the … Continue reading Is “showing up” all it takes to be a writer? Not quite.

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!

My “Writing Heroes” #4 – Those who write. Or do nothing!

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!

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

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!

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” #2 – Those who publish late in life

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