If you write then you need to ask yourself a question: who are you writing for? Are you writing for yourself, for your readers, or for money? Whatever your answer, it doesn't make you a better or worse writer or person. It just means that you go about writing in a certain way. You think … Continue reading Write Like No One Is Looking
Why is it the writers either undervalue female characters or overvalue them? I rarely find a narrative that portrays female characters realistically. I am not a feminist. Please do not start throwing things at me. What I mean is, I am not strictly a feminist in today's use of the word. I don't want equality … Continue reading Female Characters
Now you may have read that title and thought to yourself, "Is she gaga? Reading as a reader and reading as a writer are entirely the same thing, you are just reading after all!" To those people I say, "Phooey!" partly because they are two completely different things, but mostly because I just enjoy saying, … Continue reading Reading As A Reader Versus Reading As A Writer
I've never written a novel. I would love to, but I haven't found something that I can write about for such a substantial number of words. I write short stories. I find I only need a few thousand words to say what I want to say. This is probably because I write about a single … Continue reading Short Story Versus Novel
Finding time to write is always a difficult task for me. I work and I study among other commitments. Being able to schedule writing seems to be more of hopeful than realistic. I'm finding at the moment that the only time I seem to be able to write for any length of time is when … Continue reading Finding Time To Write…
(Okay, so maybe that title was a bit too dramatic.) I have always been a big reader. My parents had me reading novels by the time I was three years old and I haven't stopped since. I'm used to my friends and family rolling their eyes when I tell them I've had a slow reading … Continue reading The Burden of Being a Fast Reader
I'm constantly being asked questions about my writing. What are you working on? When will it be published? How much money will you make? Why would you write something you're not getting paid for? The questions always seem to lead to money. But that's not why I write. I write because I enjoy it. I … Continue reading Why Do I Write?
I've found that I don't have one particular way that I "storyboard" my ideas. I've scrippled notes on scrap pieces of paper, used the Stickies app on my Mac, scrawled on a whiteboard, and written ideas on my phone. Though, the later generally means it's mixed in with the shopping list; bread, coffee, soul-sucking alien who takes over the world, … Continue reading Storyboarding…
My writing usually starts off slowly. I get an idea; I write a few things down; I sit and think. Then after an incalculable amount of thinking, I "get in the zone" and I can't write fast enough for my thoughts. It's like I'm watching a movie unfold in my own head and I have … Continue reading Obsessing Over A Sentence
Do I prefer the term author or writer? I'd have to say I prefer the term writer. Lets have a look at some definitions from the Oxford Dictionary shall we. Author - A writer of a book, article, or document. Writer - A person who has written something or who writes in a particular way. Well, … Continue reading Author or Writer?