“Write a list,” she said. “It’ll help you,” she said. I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. The idea of writing a list seemed to me about as appealing as eating toenail clippings from an old man of poor hygiene. My cynicism quickly vanished as I discovered a tool that has kept me sane […]Read more "L Is For List"
Do you struggle with any particular aspect of writing? Would you love some advice on a particular genre? Post your feedback here and I’ll try to write a blog for you!Read more "Suggestions Welcome"
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"
If you’re a writer, chances are you’re a reader too. Like birds of a feather, stuck together. I enjoy reading, but I’ve let it slide on my priority list. This year I decided to set myself a goal number of books to read: 30 Well, it’s August, and so far I’ve read (and actually finished…that’s […]Read more "Reading Challenge"
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"
A call to my fellow writers residing in Australia, check out this short story competition: Boroondara Literary Awards 2013 Best of all, it’s free to enter. Stories should be between 1500 and 3000 words, and the closing date is 30th August 2013. May the words be with you! Peace out xoxoRead more "Short Story Competition"
I write because I would go mad if I didn’t. It is my outlet; my sanity. So in a way, it’s selfish of me. But then again, to breathe is not considered selfish; it is simply understood as necessary for survival. My head is an explosion of ideas, colours, fragments, the unwritten. Sometimes someone tells […]Read more "Why I Write"