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
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
"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
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
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)!
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!
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
In my final piece on this mini-series about podcasts, I really hope I've saved the best for last! For those new here, please feel free to visit my previous write-ups on this series. But if you haven't the time, it's okay too. Because this is the one that really speaks to how and why I … Continue reading Podcasts that inspire me to write #4/4
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
In a previous post, I talked about the joys of learning through listening to audio books and podcasts. And how it's a match made in heaven when you combine them with conventional reading. Of course, the joy is ultimately in the learning, no matter the medium of input. For it's in the learning that one's … Continue reading Podcasts that inspire me to write #1/4