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The Pros and Cons of Joining a Writing Group

Writing can be a lonely task. As you sit by the light of your monitor and type away at a story, you have no idea if what you’re creating will be received as inspired genius or unmitigated drivel. One way to find out is to share your story with other people. Family and friends might [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|8 Comments

Guest Post: The 3 Steps to Writing Heaven

... or, Why Everything You’re Doing to Write More & Better is Wrong. Writing is hard. This is what we tell ourselves, over and over. Apply backside to chair. Force yourself to write. Don’t be tempted to do something more interesting. Writers write. This makes it tough for us mere humans, who feel guilt and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Why Does Reading Make You a Better Writer?

The answer to the question of whether being an active reader will make you a better writer won’t be news to most authors – it’s advice we’ve all been given on many occasions. But why does reading make you a better writer? How much should you read if you want to get the most benefit? [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|6 Comments

Writers: Get Organized, Get Productive, Get Happy!

Roald Dahl had a shed at the bottom of his garden. Agatha Christie went to luxury hotels. Jack Kerouac probably sat at a bar with a bottle of scotch. Wherever it is, a writer needs a space to call their own. For many of us, that will involve repurposing part of our home, rather than [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Writer's Life|1 Comment

Are You Waiting for Inspiration?

The search for inspiration is part of a writer’s life. Just like any other creative person, sometimes the fresh ideas flow freely, while at other times it seems like we’ve used up all the inspiration we’re going to get for this lifetime. But just how does inspiration work? According to the late, great Terry Pratchett: [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

[VIDEO] How to Find and Capture Ideas for Your Novel

Next to writer’s block – where the words required to progress through an in-progress work just refuse to come – one of the most common maladies reported by any fiction writer is lack of inspiration. In this instance, the words don’t have a chance to come – because the idea they’ll be required to express [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|0 Comments