Essential writing skills: two steps to kick the muse into action

There you are, pen in hand – fingers posed over keyboard – ready to write. And….nothing. It would be a cliché if it didn’t happen to every writer, sooner or later. It’s especially a problem in the profession. Publishers get antsy if authors are late. My advice, after several decades in the business, is not … More Essential writing skills: two steps to kick the muse into action

Write it now, part 32: I’m full of ideas, but have writer’s block. What gives?

I read a post the other day complaining about an apparent paradox. The post writer was brimming with good concepts – but couldn’t write any of them down. He wasn’t alone. A lot of those who commented had the same problem. Nobody quite knew the answer. In fact this is a common writing problem. We’re often … More Write it now, part 32: I’m full of ideas, but have writer’s block. What gives?

Sixty second writing tips: music to my writers’ block

We all know, I think, about music and writing – how different music can sets different writing moods. You’re pretty much guaranteed to write something different while jouncing along to Katy Perry than you would if you hurled Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries through your sound system. It’s a powerful technique and one I figured … More Sixty second writing tips: music to my writers’ block