It’s that time of year again. First of December. Beginning of the end of yet another year. Time to take stock as my 2020 reflections start stacking up. Lots to say so I may need more than one post! My 2020 challenges really started in 2019! Photo by Sajith Ranatunga on Pexels.com For many, 2020 … Continue reading 2020 Reflections & Musings #1 of 4 – It began a year ago!
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Silent writing - best done when the world's fast asleep! There's something to be said for silent writing into the dead of night and during the wee hours of the morning. Aside from the quiet and the cool, it affords the most optimal platform for the fullest formation of our … Continue reading Silent writing while the world slumbers
It's finally happened - I've forgotten the joy of writing! Guess I should be glad it happened sooner for me than later. You see, I started my writing life a long time ago though I didn't know it then. As with most, writing first came by way of elementary school. There, we all had to … Continue reading The Joy of Writing – for its own sake!
Yesterday, while trying to write well (or I should say rewrite well), it finally hit me. I had been agonising over the written drafts for my book for months, to make sense of what I wrote. The various paragraphs and chapters needed a serious re-look. Somehow, despite having followed a carefully mapped-out process and structure, … Continue reading To write well? Go from “here to there”, small and slow.
Photo by CBS via Getty Images You sit and you slog, trying to write something brilliant for posterity. You dig deep to pull out the gems from the inner mines of your very heart and soul, your very being. Gems that you believe are there. Out of sight but waiting to be discovered, like a … Continue reading Margaret Atwood on Writers: “We’re duplicitous!”
Picture from ABC.net.au Yesterday was the official start of our annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) happening between Oct 30 and Nov 6. As with most events this year, practically everything in SWF would be conducted online. Now the kick-off event last evening threw up a name that I had heard of but whose work I … Continue reading Zadie Smith on Writing: “It’s a Performance!”
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!
Since the start of July, I’ve not been writing after the kids go off to sleep, and it feels both natural and unnatural. Natural because before this year, I never had that discipline, so the 'me' right now is also the 'me' pre-2020. Unnatural because, since the year 2020 started, I wrote non-stop every night, … Continue reading No more excuses! Be “Consistent” and Write Daily
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
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