Woohoo!! Sweet!!! I made it. My 100th blog post! Unbelievable 100 posts ago... ...Still unbelievable 100 posts later. Never thought I could come this far since April 20th last year, when I uploaded my first blog post ever. So as I was pondering how to make this 100th blog post a memorable one, I did … Continue reading “Happy ‘Blog-Day’ to me, it’s my 100th entry!” – Musing My Milestone as I Mark My 100th blog post
I remember a game we used to play in those staff bonding retreats, back when I was still a "staff". We would form into a few groups, each group standing in a circle. Every person would put out one hand in the centre of the circle to grab another person's hand. Then, with the other … Continue reading Editing is the spade work it’s supposed to be – My Rewrite Reckoning
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
An editor approached me a couple of months back, asking if I would share with her readers my journey as a dad with a special needs child; in particular the period following my son's official ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. My first thought was: "Ok, sure. That diagnosis happened more than two years ago so … Continue reading “Three Wrongs Do Not An Essay Make” – How one memory derailed my writing plan
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
Yes, I did the unthinkable - I started a writer's group! Call it an itch that needed scratching. A thirst that needed quenching. But whatever you call it, just know that I'm pinning the blame for it solely on Covid-19. Or on the lonely journey of every writer. Or on a whim and a lark … Continue reading So I started a writer’s group. Now what?!
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
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”