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When I Got Scared of Writing + Review of BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 | Leave a comment

When I Got Scared of Writing + Review of BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

I don’t usually write personal posts about my writing. But I’ve been thinking a lot about something recently and wanted to share, because I think the issue I’ve been having is one a lot of people run into. I’ve reached an odd place in my writing. For the first time ever, I’ve finished a manuscript and don’t have a new one to move onto. This has never happened before; I’ve always had a new story brewing at the back of my mind, ready to grab my attention the moment I finish a current project. It might not sound like a big deal, but I’ve been finding it scary. Bad thoughts have been leaking into the empty space where that...

2016 Writing & Reading Goals

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 | Leave a comment

2016 Writing & Reading Goals

Happy New Year! Hope you’re all recovered from last night, stuffed with the last of the mince pies, and excited for 2016. I certainly am!   Writing Goals I didn’t have much I could shout about in 2015. But I did still do lots of writing — putting to rest a manuscript I’d been working on since 2010, and getting close to finishing a major re-draft of another project — both of which I still count as achievements! In early 2016, I plan to get my newest manuscript polished and off to my agent. Depending on what happens with that, I’d love to start a new writing project this year.   Reading Goals I don’t usually set myself...

My Favourite Writing Books

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 | 4 comments

My Favourite Writing Books

I own a small collection of writing guides in print and on audiobook, and have borrowed and read many more. I find writing guides can be a bit hit-and-miss. Sometimes, you end up reading the same advice over and over (anyone heard of ‘show don’t tell’?). Other books are just plain daunting, depending on how big a bee the author’s got in her bonnet about how tough writing and getting published can be. Saying that, there are some incredibly useful and entertaining writing guides out there, that cover so much more than you can find trawling the internet. Here are my favourites.   Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave...

Writing Book Review: The Art of War for Writers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 | Leave a comment

Writing Book Review: The Art of War for Writers

Not actually a book about writing war scenes, which is what I first thought when I heard about this book. (I admit, sometimes I’m not the smartest…) The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell turned out to be one of the best writing books I’ve read. What was good about it: Contains a good combination of practical writing tips and philosophical/motivation thoughts on writing. The writing tips are really very good, and cover most of the broad areas you need to get going: choosing what to write, planning, characters, dialogue, adding meaning, improving your craft, backstory, getting an agent etc. I took quite a few notes. Not everything James Scott...

Writing Book Review: Bird by Bird

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 | Leave a comment

Writing Book Review: Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott, is apparently a writing classic, though it’s no step-by-step writing guide. It’s really more of a philosophical discussion on writing and life in general (as the subtitle, ‘Some Instructions on Writing and Life’, suggests). If you’re a beginner writer, you might want to start with a different book, but if you’ve been writing a while you’ll probably appreciate Lamott’s (very dark) humour. What was good: Entertaining and relatively short. If you’re sick of reading too much about other writers’ huge word counts and how they make writing look pip-squeak easy, Lamott’s...