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
Oh dear. My writing coach is going to shake a fist at me when she hears what I’m about to say: “I’m stuck.” You see, according to her, I’m not supposed to be. But I kinda am right now. Sighhh.... I know she was talking more about the first draft when she says there's no … Continue reading My Writing Process #3: The Rewrite Phase – Step 3 “Where the rubber meets the road”
For as long as I can remember, I have always had an active mind, ever since I was a wee lad (do people still say that?). I think it has to do with the fact that I was pretty much on my own most of the time during my childhood. When I’m not at school, … Continue reading Conversations in My Head – Stress or Solace?
There comes a time when writers will inevitably ask THE question: Why choose a writing life? I've no idea, and I'm not alone. No less a giant in the literary world than George Orwell himself once said: “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery." … Continue reading Reasons why writers write? Same as why not everyone’s suited to a writing life
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
I’ll be perfectly honest: I have writer’s pause. Wait, you say. Don’t you mean writer’s block? Nope. Apparently there is no such thing as writer's block. At least not according to Marion, my writing coach. You can read her take on it here. There is, though, a reluctance to rewrite. At least for me. So, rather … Continue reading Of Chips, Remote & Writer’s Pause – The Reluctance of Rewrite
Roald Dahl once said: “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it." Now is Mr Dahl calling me a fool, a freedom fighter, or a slave to my soul? … Continue reading Call Me a Writer or Call Me a Fool – just don’t Call Me By Your Name
I have been at this for nearly five months now. Yet I'm still finding it hard to make it stick! Yes, I'm talking about my writing. You see, recently I told my wife that I've been finding it really easy to finish my daily task of typing out 750 words in one uninterrupted sitting. Quality … Continue reading To be a writer, just write. Period.