Quite the title I know. It’s right about where my mind is though. Jogging in placing, pumping myself up for editing. Oh, joy. Well, apparently a joy to some! I heard a fellow writer tell me they enjoyed the editing just a few weeks ago. They liked it, because it meant the book they had written was coming together, improving, becoming something readable. Yes, that does sound great, but can I just snap my fingers and have it be done already?
Romance writer Emily Merrill has taken the time to answer some of my questions about her road to traditional publishing. From dealing with sensitive topics to the editing process to managing a fulltime job and creative writing, Emily gives a peek into her life as an author and her path towards writing Mine.
We’re halfway through November, which means it’s the midway point of NaNoWriMo. Just like millions of other writers, I started on 1 November. I had outlined my novel, created my characters and got going. Without the intention of reaching 50k.
Halloween was the perfect time to start reading one of the classics: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This narrative surprised me in more ways than one. In many regards I had formed the story in my head the way Hollywood had shaped it. A mad scientist, thunder and lightning, a barely sentient monster with bolts in […]
I’ve just gone through a big change. As of the start of October I’ve emigrated from the Netherlands to the beautiful Leeds in the UK. Yorkshire, hello!
For my first storytelling review on YouTube I decided to choose The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It’s a great classic for a reason. Wilde’s poetic writing, his plot twists and Dorian Gray’s character arc mold the story of the narcissistic Dorian Gray. Warning: spoilers ahead!
Senses, we have five of them: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. For creative writing, you can accomplish a lot using all of the senses. To truly engage a reader in the surroundings of your world, you can use so much more than just the eyes to explain what your story is made up of.
My most recent Netflix binge series is Designated Survivor. I’ve been amazed at how they manage to make politics so much about people. Taking a closer look at the storytelling, I’m starting to understand exactly why this show on politics is so approachable.
Becoming a writer, especially a creative writer, should only be done when you truly love the written word. What makes writing so different from other jobs? Well… you’ll write a hell of a lot of words without getting paid before you might possibly eventually get somewhere. So, you’d better love what you’re doing.
Details, they are so fundamentally important in storytelling. I didn’t realise many years ago that it were the details, which made me love stories.