A recent article in a national newspaper bemoaned the fact that the working day has gone beyond the 9-5, Monday to Friday realm with the advent of the much maligned digital age. I understand the journalist's point that emails and texts from the boss or client or even the colleague, can and do invade the … Continue reading Writin’ 9 to 5…
Can the name of a character make or break how we react to or even write them? We all know the Rose reference in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, but do names have an effect on how we see people, read characters or even write them?
Should we always write loveable characters? Or even likeable? I recently received constructive feedback on a short story I entered into a competition. One of the comments "...this successfully built empathy for her situation whilst allowing one to dislike her for..." led me to wonder how many times a character I have had empathy for, … Continue reading Are your characters loveable?
There is much to be said for having your own personal writing space. Some of us have managed to carve out a spot; a corner of the bedroom or lounge, the end of the dining table, even a room to ourselves. However, unless that space has a lock on the door or a cone of … Continue reading To write distraction free. Bliss.
For starters, get up and stop sulking...
In my last post I told you that I was easily distracted from writing, in reality suffering from the chronic malaise of procrastination. Then how did I manage to write more than 117,000 words in eight months you ask? Glad you asked. When I began my draft last year, I set myself a goal of … Continue reading If Anthony Trollope can do it, or 117,000 words 15 mins at a time.
We have all been there, that place where we fear we have lost our mojo.