I'm writing this post as someone who hasn't finished writing a whole story to it's end since November 2018. You could say I've been in a bit of a writing rut. But in true, this sounds extreme when you consider that I have started and written many other stories in those two years, just not… Continue reading How to Finish Writing a Story to the End: Not Falling Out of Love
I did a previous post about why you're struggling to write, which was a way of sharing all the feelings, realisations, and problems I've had as a writer, too.I've now thought of even more reasons why you may be struggling to write right now, even with the extra time of quarantine... 1 - Your familiarity feels… Continue reading 5 More Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Write
Most of us around the world are stuck inside due to a virus that came out of nowhere...and that really sucks. Except, as long as we're healthy, we writers have been presented with an opportunity: more time to write! With this in mind, I wanted to challenge you. For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo is… Continue reading For Writers: Quarantine Writers’ Challenge!
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
*Mild spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8!* I can't remember who said it, but someone once said that they write their stories (books, tv, whatever) and then once it's published, it's out there, it no longer belongs to them; it belongs to each individual consumer. I like this because after all the upset over Game… Continue reading Interpreting Stories: What Makes Them Good or Bad?
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
In life, and in stories, there are often perceived villains: things or people that cause conflict and pain. In regards to stories, I find the most interesting ones to be when there is no villain. No one that we can see, anyway. Today, I wanted to discuss villains in regards to our own lives and… Continue reading The Villains In Our Lives
I wanted to quickly unpack this piece of writing advice: "Write what you know". I've heard it so many times before and I used to think, "Well, that's stupid. I'm writing a fantasy, and so I can't write what I know. I've never been to a fantasy world or fought in wars!" Oh, Siana, how… Continue reading “Write What You Know”
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
I've watched Bojack Horseman on Netflix through to the end. I'm now rewatching it. Why? Because it is brilliant. It is real and raw and doesn't shy away from the hard stuff even though to many, it may be written off as "just a cartoon". So, here's what I've learned about life from Bojack Horseman… Continue reading Life Lessons From Bojack Horseman