Ten steps in book writing after the first draft’s done

November is just about over, and all things being equal, NaNoWriMo participants should end up with something like a ‘bad first draft’ at the end of that writing month. Which is very cool, because a bad first draft is better than no first draft. That sounds like an old aphorism, but it’s absolutely true, because … More Ten steps in book writing after the first draft’s done

How to juxtapose writing style across content…and laugh…

One of the best writing exercises I know is to emulate a specific author – ‘writing in the style of…’ – because it forces the writer to analyse exactly how the writing they’re emulating was put together. That’s how you learn things. But let’s take that further. The idea of writers figuring out another’s writing … More How to juxtapose writing style across content…and laugh…

Defeating the demon that lurks under your writing desk

Have you met the self-crit demon yet in your writing? The one that nags and dogs every word you write, whose special power is paralysis. Most writers do meet it, but not all realise that it’s actually there as your friend – if you can make it so. Meeting and greeting the self-crit demon is … More Defeating the demon that lurks under your writing desk

Knocking writers’ block into submission

Although some writers deny there’s any such thing as ‘writer’s block’, the fact is that all too often writers sit down for a writing session and…nothing. Sometimes it’s because the muse has fled. Sometimes it’s because the list of Good Ideas just won’t translate into the written sentence. For a lucky few of us it’s … More Knocking writers’ block into submission