How many times have you been told that there are rules to writing and that your story should adhere to those rules? In today's guest post, Ed Kociela suggests that rules are all very well (I'm an apostrophe obsessive, myself!), but only if they don't interfere with your story telling.
[sendtokindle] Continue reading It’s Your Story: Tell It Your Way
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!
She Devil She Is – Self Editing
Invading 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
“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
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
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