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?
In true procrastination form, I have waited exactly two months to post this update today on my rewrite phase. Gosh I'm "good" aren't I ?! (*bitter laugh*) Okay I'm not going to apologise for this tardiness because the truth is, this was such an "easy" step that I almost forgot to blog about it. Instead, … Continue reading My Writing Process #3: The Rewrite Phase – Step 2 “Making a List, Checking it Twice, or…”
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
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
And so the rewrite begins. I started chronicling my writing process with a post I made last week, one that recounted the first phase of my process - the decision, design and discipline that helped me complete my first draft manuscript earlier this month. That first phase of my writing process I called "The Deadline … Continue reading My Writing Process #2: The Rewrite Phase – Step 1 “Shake, Rattle & Roll”