Write every day. We hear it all the time, and it's great advice. It's important to turn writing into a habit so that it comes naturally to us and we have time set aside for it. But there's one danger of this mantra being pushed so hard, and it's one I've lived. What if there's … Continue reading Can We Always Write Every Day?
Reblog: Story Verbing Part 1 by Stephen Geez on Story Empire
Greetings, Story Empire mavens! Today’s post starts a two-parter on the nuances of choosing effective verbs to enhance description. Sure, it sounds simple, but you might be impressed with the possibilities. Per my pattern, this post starts with the basics so Part 2 next month will let us explore, play, experiment, brainstorm, innovate—pick some cool […] … Continue reading Reblog: Story Verbing Part 1 by Stephen Geez on Story Empire
Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey: A Lesson on Writing Satire and Humour
Sometimes, the best writing tips of all come from simply reading books, which is one of the main reasons why I'm launching this under-appreciated classics series. Some of my all-time favourite books are ones that have mostly been lost to obscurity - but I think they have so much for us to learn. (Not to … Continue reading Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey: A Lesson on Writing Satire and Humour
How to Journal If You Don’t Like Journaling
My middle school diary put me off journals forever. When I look back on the utter drama, the things I thought were so important but really weren't, I cringe. Hard. And I remember again why I'm waiting for the first opportunity to burn that thing. I will never look with fondness on my past thoughts, … Continue reading How to Journal If You Don’t Like Journaling
The Pros of Small-Scale Fantasy
When we think of fantasy, we often think of huge, epic quests to save the world. Defeat the dark lord, restore the light, and bring peace to the entire land. But sometimes, fantasy can - and should - be small-scale. While reading The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson after my fiction fast, I was … Continue reading The Pros of Small-Scale Fantasy
Roll With It: Pushing Through Unexpected Challenges
Do you ever have perfect plans that disintegrate right before your eyes, and it's no fault of your own? Do you ever set exciting goals, only to watch them become unachievable due to new and unexpected circumstances? Just as we talked about when it comes to our resolutions, it's annoying when this happens - and … Continue reading Roll With It: Pushing Through Unexpected Challenges
Top 5 Writing Tips…According to AI
Since I wrote a post last month musing about AI writing software, I was finally able to use it for myself - although ChatGPT still won't let me in. I got past the "the server's full" page this time, it checked I was human (which I find hilarious), and then it loaded. And then it … Continue reading Top 5 Writing Tips…According to AI
Reblog: How to overcome Procrastination by Darradaily
I used to procrastinate a lot, and I still do, but I’ve gradually reduced it unconsciously over time. Looking back, I tried to figure out what I started and stopped doing that made me more productive.Here are my tips on how to overcome procrastination. 1. Understanding your priorities.Procrastination is only bad when you end up […] … Continue reading Reblog: How to overcome Procrastination by Darradaily
How to Create Your Unique Writing Schedule
One of the biggest mistakes I see new writers make is trying to copy a famous author's writing schedule. They think that there's a surefire recipe to success - "just follow this formula and you'll become an overnight bestseller!" Sadly, there is no magical solution. Each writer must find their own path. For example, while … Continue reading How to Create Your Unique Writing Schedule
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
Books are scary things. Sure, they can be exciting, but they are a massive undertaking. Sometimes, they even have teeth (or at least it feels like they do). I don't know if you've ever been afraid of the book you're writing, but I know I have. In fact, it's the most common form of writer's … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?