You're not a real writer if your writing isn't literary. If you don't stay up all night bent over a keyboard or notebook, hand aching. If you dwell in the fantastical and impossible, instead of augmenting the real and important. My entire life I've been a writer and yet I've spent my entire life doubting… Continue reading Am I a good writer?
I don't know why I'm sharing this with you guys! Maybe it's because I want it as a reminder. Maybe it's because I want you guys to hold me accountable. But today I wanted to share with you why I write and what I want from my writing career. Now firstly, I do want a… Continue reading What I Want from my Writing
When looking back at your old work, you can feel upset. Disappointed in what you thought was good back then. Some look back and compare and are like "I'm so glad I'm better now" or they look back and cringe and get annoyed. Neither really works. We should instead look back and see our journey… Continue reading Looking Back At Past Creations
Ever wondered how I became the writer I am today? If so, check out my honest truth about my writing journey.
What does it mean to "know the story you want to tell" and how does it help us as writers? It's not about plot and characters. It's so much more than that and I've found real depth and writing satisfaction from my work when I've actually known the story I want to tell. Here's how… Continue reading Knowing The Story You Want To Tell
My current work in progress is a novel about five young artists at an art school (university) in England. They've all got their fair share of problems and at the school, they are able to confront these and finally better their lives. I wanted the theme of Identity to be at the centre of the… Continue reading The Three Morals of My Current Story
There's a plethora of advice out there for people who are stuck in a rut, who don't know what they want to do with their lives, or haven't found their passion yet. But where's the advice for someone like me? Someone who knows, and has always known, who they want to be and what they… Continue reading Chasing the Dream
It is great that nowadays we are seeing more female heroes in books, film, and TV. However, I don't think (and many agree) that the strong female character is actually doing what it's supposed to do. Let me explain. A strong female character is supposed to show young girls, and even women, that they can… Continue reading Rethinking the Strong Female Character
Here's what 4 years with my partner has looked like... (Anniversary inspired post) Travelled to 5 countries together: South Africa, France, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands. Many road trips Both attending university, one of us finishing. He's owned two cars, and driven about 7! I've driven 2. Quad biking in Africa. Horse riding in Africa. Go-karting in… Continue reading What 4 Years Together Has Brought Us
List of character traits: Funny guy Hopeless romantic Neurotic Clumsy Tired Genius Know-it-all Angry Jealous Sad Loner Hero Brave Sleepy Fool Orangiser Sporty Adventurer Reader Curious Helper Arrogant Leader List of character occupations: Baker Doctor Scientist Detective Policeman Firefighter Vet War hero Interior Designer Architect Criminal Entrepreneur Librarian Writer Journalist Game designer Athlete Fisherman Farmer… Continue reading Fleshing Out Your Characters: Cheat Sheet