Category Archives: How to be an Author

Self Editing

Most of us think of editing as a job for someone else - and dread it! This week's guest poster, Milissa R Bailey, makes a persuasive argument in favour of self editing. Enjoy!
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She Devil She Is – Self Editing

by Milissa R. Bailey

Milissa R Bailey self editing guest post graphicInvading my nostrils with bitter, acrid stench I knew without a moment’s hesitation the bane of my literary existence was within reach. Her penchant for deftly reaching into my work, ripping from it the very heartbeat of the message and snipping it into little pieces of pabulum was an art known only to the most wretched of life’s ambassadors of doom, better known to most authors as self editing. Continue reading Self Editing

Writers Self Doubt | The Critical Inner Voice

“The critical inner voice is hard to silence - particularly when we believe it”

Writers are often consumed by angst - self doubt, anxiety and the consequences of well meaning attempts by friends and family members to protect us. The critical inner voice is hard to silence - particularly when we believe it.

In this courageous post writers self doubt by Heather Jacobs, she examines an experience that's familiar to all of us, but which we rarely talk about Continue reading Writers Self Doubt | The Critical Inner Voice

Regina Morris - how to use right brain post photo

How To Use Right Brain Creativity In A Left Brain World

Novelists, like other creative sorts of people, are notoriously right brained. Which generally means, depending on who you talk to and their point of view, a little (completely!) impractical. Regina Morris, by contrast, came to novel writing from a maths and science background and learned how to use right brain creativity for her stories in the face of tolerant cynicism from friends and family. And at the same time she indulges herself in the kind of maths that most of us writers never even consider. Continue reading How To Use Right Brain Creativity In A Left Brain World

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The Writer’s Cave | Creative Writing Habits to Stimulate Your Muse

Creative writing habits are trained, not born, as Janine Donoho outlines in her how to be an author guest post today. From the actual "sitting down and doing it" to the open and absorptive, dreamy observation of beauty in textures, scents, sounds, sights and movement - all of this is grist to the writer's creative mill. Continue reading The Writer’s Cave | Creative Writing Habits to Stimulate Your Muse

Jeremy Shory Creative Imagination

Creative Imagination: The Writer’s Creative Process

The writer's creative imagination and process can be a wild ride, as Jeremy Shory indicates in his How to be an Author guest post. The smallest thing can set off the imagination into a roller coaster of creativity, adrenalin and furious writing. Which is why you see so many of us scribbling in notebooks or muttering into our phones, recording the ideas before they're chased away by the next butterfly thought. Continue reading Creative Imagination: The Writer’s Creative Process