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)!

Podcasts that inspire me to write #3/4

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

Podcasts that inspire me to write #1/4

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

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.

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