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.
Podcasts are the best. Especially those about writing, because they provide so much information. Better yet, you can listen to a podcast while commuting, walking or cleaning. Here are 5 of the greatest podcasts for writers out there!
I made a decision just last week. Rather than a trilogy, my current project ‘The Fourth Ruling’ is going to be a standalone. It is frustrating in some ways, but liberating in others.
Gosh, I can’t tell you how much I have been struggling with finding the right place to write. I just moved out of my tiny student studio apartment to a grown-up sized apartment and I’ve been trying to find good places in the house to get my writing done.
David Farland’s Story Doctor blog is a wonderful source of writing advice for new writers. I discovered he had a blog via the Writing Excuses podcast. Farland really is an expert in his field as he has taught students for many years. Who’s David Farland? David Farland (real name Dave Wolverton) is a teacher as well as […]
I received some amazing news yesterday: I just successfully completed my Master’s in Writing. I’m done. I’m finished. I’m now – I’ll indulge myself for a moment – a Master of Arts. Fancy, no?
There are a lot of writing contests out there. Many of them seem to be merely there to collect money from hopeful authors. There is quite a number of competitions, though, that can truly make a difference for your career. Plus: they are fun to participate in. I recently discovered one I’m eager to participate in myself: the Writers of the Future contest.
I’m taking a course on fantasy literature. For free. Online. Without needing any prior experience. Yep. That’s a thing. Today I’m talking about this fantasy literature course and MOOCs.
A few weeks back I handed in a 100-word story to a writing contest. A hundred words. That is one crazy number. How can you tell anything in 100 words? I just gave it a shot and it turned out pretty good. Along the way I noticed a few interesting things and learned more afterwards as flash fiction is quite an interesting art form.