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A list of my articles for writers

 

Reflections on Writing – Just Do It!

Have you ever felt as though finishing a book was a major and insurmountable task? How many times have you received that competition entry form, resolved to enter, yet have let everything slip by the closing date, again?  Read more…

 

The Definition of Impossible (almost!)

To me, writing is like an onion. Not only can it reduce you to tears, but also when approached correctly can have a very satisfying outcome.  I think good writing is all about layers. You know the kind, the bits they call emotional punch.  Read more…

 

The Professional Approach

It seems to me that writing success comes with a whole ton of talent. Now, lots of people are talented writers but how many have that extra strength, that determination, that stickability… that professional approach? Read more…

 

Looking for the Diamond in the Rough

When you read a book and find you aren’t enjoying it, do you remember to look for the diamonds? It is all too easy to take a negative approach to what you’re reading, and in a massive dose of as-yet-unpublished-writer’s-egomania (of which I have been terribly guilty from time to time) you could say, “I can do better than that!” Sound familiar?  Read more…

 

It’s all a Matter of Perspective

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been terribly guilty of ‘author intrusion’. Using my voice in my writing, instead of the character’s. And seriously, each character has their own very distinct way of seeing, tasting, smelling and saying things. What a fire-fighter will compare a warm day to, is probably vastly different to what a priest might, and the way they say it will differ greatly too.  Read more…

 

Press On

Persistence. Determination.  Two words, but oh, the blood, the sweat, and the tears that lay behind them. So why don’t we just give up? Is it ego? The idea that what we do is better than ‘good’? Or is it simply that we have a story—no, better make that stories—inside of us that are begging to be told, shared, wept over, enjoyed?  Read more…

 

Professional Jealousy

There has been some interesting discussion in regard to professional jealousy and how damaging it can be. Personally, I believe that the jealous one is the really damaged party in these instances. During those times that I have been in the pits of envy over other people’s successes, it has always turned inwards onto me, affecting how I feel, how I work, and how I see my work.  Read more…

 

As Natural as Breathing

For many, writing is as natural as breathing. Just think. Every single day you automatically take around 28,800 breaths. Imagine your output if you wrote as automatically as you breathe. For those for whom writing is an easy and natural progression to be taken advantage of at every opportunity available, you have my awe and admiration. Read more…

 

Lending a Hand

Many people cringe and rear back in horror when asked to volunteer for an organisation. I’ve been guilty of that too. But what I believe a lot of people don’t realise, is that ‘Lending a Hand’ is a two-way street and you can get out what you put in. Read more…

 

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

I can offer you all the incentive in the world, but if you don’t want something enough for yourself and if the motivation doesn’t come from within you, you won’t get where you say you want to be. So, are you your own worst enemy? Let’s see…  Read more….

 

Getting to the Fire Within

I think that when push comes to shove, many of us are guilty of settling for what we know in our heart is skimming the surface of our greater potential as writers – not unlike the flame that scorches the wood before being extinguished, leaving only a smudge of effort behind it.  Read more…

 

Writing Past Writers Block

Writer’s block. What is it? Is it real, or is it simply the mind’s indefinable refusal to move forward. Or maybe it’s just an excuse. Whatever it is, for some of us, it can be paralysing. In fact, even the hint that you’re suffering from writer’s block can be enough to stifle your creative muse and drive you away from your keyboard in total soul destroying frustration.  Read more…

 

Make Your Characters Real

Often, what we ‘see’ as a writer, is not what we project to our readers, so it’s important to think about and work out what makes your characters as real to your readers as they are to you.  Read more…