As writers, we write a lot... As in, we write often but also a lot in number. This means that there is likely to be thousands and thousands of words that get left behind once you’re done with a project (if it goes unfinished). This means characters and worlds and magic systems are just created… Continue reading Quick Writing Advice: Reuse your old stuff!
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
My good friend (fellow writer and author) and I have been doing a lot of soul-searching in quarantine. Interestingly, we both had the same mindsets going in: "plenty of time to write, woo!" but each (on our own) have come to new realisations that have set us free... Stop writing to publish... As people who… Continue reading Getting Unstuck: My 2020 Writing Manifesto
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?
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
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”
Starving Artist Lifestyle Most creatives (unless they come from money) believe that they must go through the Starving Artist phase on their journey to success. Worse still, some believe that this is all an artist can ever be. Wrong! Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Pray, Love) said something in her book Big Magic that I'll… Continue reading Creatives Have These 3 False Beliefs
*Some of these things work for both young and beginners/amateur writers* *Also, these are things that are less obvious tips. Like it's obvious that writing voluntarily for a local magazine could help you, but what else? What else can help you develop in a less structured way?* Spend a year (at least) working in… Continue reading What Young Writers Should Do To Become Pro (Except Education)