Five Weird Writing Tips

For this week’s blog, I wanted to delve into some of the smaller, weirder tips and tricks that have helped me with my own writing. These tips focus on productivity, organisation and the minimising of physical discomfort when writing. As you may have gathered from my previous blogs, I’m not a doctor and I have…

How to Increase Your Word Count

Confession time, I’m an underwriter. I write my first drafts fast, so they tend to resemble orange concentrate. They’re strong, sugary, and if sculled, they’ll make your eyes water. However, my second draft is all water. This draft is about threading in multiple POVs (if applicable), subplots, descriptions and sensory details, all of which increase…

How to Build a Character Profile

How to build a character profile For some writers ** I’m looking at all you pantser ** the idea of creating a character profile may seem counter-intuitive, boring or even unnecessary. “Won’t my character just reveal themselves during through the writing?” “Can’t I just let my characters evolve organically? Isn’t that why it’s called creative…

How to Find Motivation for Writing

It takes a long time to write a novel. It takes self-discipline, passion, courage and lots and lots of coffee. Some days you’re on fire, exceeding your daily word count painlessly, hours disappear as you wander the woods of your imagined world and the prose flows through your fingertips effortlessly. Plus, you’re having fun. Other…

How to Generate Story Ideas

Some writers have no problem coming up with ideas. They’re the folks that take notebooks to dinner parties and groceries stores (!) because they’re always on the hunt for inspiration and potential material. Other writers get an idea, as in single, as in one, then they commit to that story until the cake is baked….

How to Title Your Book

Some authors find titling their book easy. Others struggle with the process. I’m definitely an “other.” Recently, I went through the surprisingly drawn out process of coming up with a title for my manuscript. Over the past four years, my manuscript has changed names three times; a book syndrome known as, Ye Old Identity Crisis….

Returning to a Project

I have been away from all of my current projects for a week. This time was spent travelling and hanging with family and friends during Easter. Oh, and I moved house. Again. You know, for something different! Anyway, breaks in work flow happen, whether voluntarily or not. Life happens. We’ve all abandon projects at some…

The Standard Writers Interrogation List: Daily vs Binge

Whenever a group of writers get together, there’s a series of questions and topics that inevitably come up. I refer to this phenomenon as the Standard Writers Interrogation List. I’ve blog about this topic previously; you can find those posts here and here. Have you ever heard the term binge writer? Until listening to an…

Some Thoughts on Burnout

Halfway through November, I hit a wall. In the space of two weeks, I’d madly re-edited my manuscript for the third/thirteenth/thirtieth time in preparation for a certain deadline. I eventually increased my word count by 20,000. That’s 1,500 words a day –  hardly strenuous – but some days it would take up to eight hours to add those…

Maybe Taking a Break is a Good Thing?

I’d describe December as big, stressful, social, expensive and slightly intoxicated. Basically, it’s a chilled glass of eggnog served with a splash of mania. For writers, the busyness of the silly season can cause a decrease in creative productivity, or at least complicate it. Writers seem to respond to the holiday season in one of…

Death By Easy

We all want easy: easy money, easy relationships and easy jobs. At least, we think we want easy. As soon as situations get tough, we say things like, “Why does everything have to be so hard?” or “Why does everything have to be a drama?” We believe life would be so much better, so much…

Pure Terror: Reflections on the Beta Reading Process.

Two months ago, I hit a wall while editing my novel. I was just done. I had been tucking and tweaking its chapters into shape, polishing its lines – line by line, fact checking and generally editing it to death. Then I reached the point where, in my eyes, there was nothing left to do….