A couple of weeks ago I started this mini-series to share what I call "attention collectibles" for reading and writing. These are any and everything we tuck away in a safe place to reference when writing. Like a "creative well" that never runs out. A lifeline for dry spells or the dreaded writer's block. And … Continue reading Writers need “attention collectibles” to write well #2 – Reading Resources
Tag: Writer’s Life
Writers need “attention collectibles” to write well #1 — Intro
For the longest time, I've blogged about how paying attention to the small things in life is what truly matters. Especially when it comes to novelists and memoirists. In fact, pretty much all kinds of writers. Now I've learned there's actually a term I can use to refer to these small things. It's called "attention … Continue reading Writers need “attention collectibles” to write well #1 — Intro
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
When writers pontificate, I take it personally
I tell myself it's not personal. I tell myself they genuinely want to help, even inspire, other fledgling writers. But I can't help it. As a writer, I take it personally when other writers publicly pontificate. It's one thing to share with readers your journey to publication and financial success as a writer. It's another … Continue reading When writers pontificate, I take it personally
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
How I’m going to (gulp) write my book proposal
"Deep breaths man. Deep breaths. Now that you've met both publishers, the ball's in your court. It's time to pitch your book proposal!" Exciting but nerve-racking to say the least. Regular readers of my blog would already know I've made contact with not one but two book publishers (with a possible third on the horizon). … Continue reading How I’m going to (gulp) write my book proposal
How connections and creative conversations help my writing aggregate
As a writer, most of my writing time is spent in solitude feverishly typing away. Or at the very least in silent contemplation when I'm stuck in a rut. Either way, it stands to reason my best writing times would be when the world's asleep. When my words can flow unhindered like a gentle stream, … Continue reading How connections and creative conversations help my writing aggregate
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!