The Importance of Alpha Reading

When I write things, I'll write a first draft and then hide it away. It's something I think I've learned from Stephen King, from his book 'On Writing' (though I'm pretty sure I used to do this before I read that book). I do this for two simple reasons: Firstly, I like to work on... Continue Reading →

Self-Help for Writers & Book Review: GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon

First of all: Great book. I haven't read many of these how-to-write books but this is one of my favorites. It's short and to the point, discussing the what, why, how of GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict. It's all you need to tell a good story, it's what going to make your characters come alive... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Update & Doing New Things!

Let's just rip the band-aid off quickly, shall we? I haven't written nearly enough for my NaNoWriMo project this year. Considering it's already the 14th, and I've barely scratched the bottom of 12.000 words, I'm not hopeful about "winning". Last year, I did it all in a week, and though I wasn't planning on doing... Continue Reading →

October Update & Back to Editing

October has come which means it's time for me to swap my work schedule around. September was spent drafting a fantasy thing, which I'm collaborating on with a friend, and I think I just about finished a first draft (Yey!) Sure, I know I need to add some stuff here and there, but it's best... Continue Reading →

My Monthly Writing Schedule

One of the best places to be a writer is Twitter. No joke. I love it not only to find cool books, meet new people, and talk about the books we love, but also because it's a great place to brainstorm with like-minded people. One thing we talked about a little while ago was working... Continue Reading →

Taking Time To Read

Recently, I was forced to take some time off from writing due to having to work away for a couple of weeks. I mean, I could probably dragged my laptop with me through the wilderness, but it was just too much hassle, so I decided to consider it a well deserved break. Instead, I loaded... Continue Reading →

Getting Into A Habit

If you've followed my latest posts, you might have noticed that I've changed up how I both write and edit. I do both more regularly now, trying to do a little bit every day. I used to set aside evenings, several hours for every session where I would sit down and write, and I realized... Continue Reading →

Why Do You Do It If You Hate It?

Most of the time I love writing. It's a passion, it's a hobby, it's an art, it's a job, whichever way you cut it, I love doing it. There's just something about taking those stories inside my head and creating them on paper, watching them unfold, unwrapping the mysteries, and see them grow that makes... Continue Reading →

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