Death By Easy

We all want easy: easy money, easy relationships and easy jobs. At least, we think we want easy. As soon as situations get tough, we say things like, “Why does everything have to be so hard?” or “Why does everything have to be a drama?” We believe life would be so much better, so much…

Pure Terror: Reflections on the Beta Reading Process.

Two months ago, I hit a wall while editing my novel. I was just done. I had been tucking and tweaking its chapters into shape, polishing its lines – line by line, fact checking and generally editing it to death. Then I reached the point where, in my eyes, there was nothing left to do….

Ten things writing can teach you

Everyone likes a good listicle, right? Well hear goes, then. Ten things writing can teach you. Writing is not life. In many ways, writing is a lot like not living. You sit in a room by yourself while meticulously describing places you have never been (though, you’ve thoroughly Googled them) while transcribing conversations that have never…

The bonuses of working two projects

A couple of months ago, I decided to have a chop at writing an ebook series while also finishing up the second and third drafts of my novel. I’ll admit, I had some concerns about this: Would I find it hard to keep the two stories separate? Turns out, no. While working on one book,…

Messing with the routine

I have followed a pretty strict writing routine for the past 18 months. It went a little something like this (minus the nuances): 5am: Wake up. Walk the dog. 6am: Shower. Breakfast 7am – 12pm: Write/edit (predominately working on novel, though sometimes I’d work on blogs or short articles) 12-1pm: Lunch. Domestic jobs 1-6pm: Work…

The Standard Writers Interrogation List: Larks vs Owls

This blog is part of a series I started earlier this year. Whenever two writers meet for the first time, there is a typical set of questions they ask each other. These questions mostly relate to processes, habits and superstitions. I’ve come to think of them as the Standard Writers Interrogation List. This blog tackles…

Writing from the subconscious

We are seeped in Story. At no other time in history have we had such easy access and such constant exposure to Story. Even non-readers are repeatedly exposed to the fundamentals of Story through movies and television, and you could even argue that social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook tell a certain type of…

A bit of kindling for when you’re feeling burnt out

TWe’ve all come across ‘throw away’ blogs. The fluff pieces that add little meaning or value to your day; the type of perfectly non-invasive article to skim through over breakfast (once upon a time, we’d depended on the soft news stories of our local paper to gently warm our minds, preparing us for the day…

Reaching out for easy when the writing gets hard

“The death of reflection is the death of creativity.” Kim Wilkins. (This blog is inspired by Kim’s TED talk which you can find here). Everyone bangs on about the shitty side of social media, mobile phones and the internet, but the truth is, this technology has added a host of new variables, solutions and problems…

Why writers need other writers

In the daily conversation of ordinary life, ‘writerly talk’ has a shelf life of, oh, about five minutes. That elevator pitch (a tidy little one liner you can whip out of your holster whenever someone asks, ‘What’s your book about?’) you’ve tweaked a thousand times over will serve you in both your professional and private…

Writers still need to talk to people

When it comes to research, I reckon most writers are separated by their desired primary sources by only one or two degrees. Google is an efficient – and frankly convenient – source when a writer is familiarising themselves with a topic or fact checking, but it’s not so great when it comes to the nuanced…

The ‘why’ behind the craft

A few years ago, I decided to volunteer at a major writing festival. One of the perks of volunteering is that once you’ve checked attendees’ tickets, you then get to pull up stumps yourself. Once, I was lucky enough to man the door of a craft workshop lead by a local Sci-Fi/Fantasy author. Once all…