I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure. I was unsure as to whether to write “I” about indecision, since I am one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever meet. I have no answers. I beg your help. I have a million embryonic stories, but I just cannot decide which […]Read more "I is for Indecision"
Does such a person exist who was not made to write a Haiku during their schooling? I remember my lesson clearly; I was eleven years old and very distractible. Mrs. P was a rather stern teacher, who did not tolerate my wandering attention. But really, poems that did not rhyme, originated from a foreign land, […]Read more "H is for Haiku"
“I does good grammar, don’t I?” Let me introduce to you my good friends Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. I’ve gone to battle with others for the sake of my precious companions. Indeed, these three musketeers cause me to mount my high horse. I confess, I’ve sneered and scorned those who have failed to befriend or […]Read more "G is for GPS"
Every writer at some point or another will suffer from writer’s block. If you say you haven’t, well,…more power to you! Conversations with my writing companions have shown me that I am not the only one to find myself thwarted by my own perfectionism when I write, or some other anti-author demonic force. Freewriting can […]Read more "F is for Freewriting"
Okay writers, listen up. E is for Editing. Yes, I know, it’s not the sexiest word out there. Far too many of us writers avoid editing as if it were some deadly disease. Trust me, it’s not going to kill you. Think of it more like an immunisation for a deadly disease, rather than the […]Read more "E is for Editing"
“I live in Panorama,” Christiana told me, as we made the short trip from the airport to her home. “Pano meaning over, rama meaning view. It is an over-view, a panorama. You see? It makes sense. Every word, it comes from the Greek. You give me any example in English, I tell you how it […]Read more "D is for Dialogue"
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: characters are key to the success of your story. You can have the most brilliant storyline, but if your characterization is weak, you will be unlikely to connect with your audience. On the other hand, there are many successful authors whose plot is dull, but the loveability […]Read more "C is for Characters"