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

How to write compelling dialogue

The problem writers face when assembling dialogue is the fact that written and spoken English are two different things. Actual spoken English is almost incomprehensible if you transliterate it – a mess of half-phrases, fillers, pauses, switches of direction and broken sentences. The reason’s that verbal communication is only part of the spoken story – … More How to write compelling dialogue

Writing is 99 percent sweat… so don’t sweat it

The problem with writing is that it’s only about 1 percent inspiration. The rest is sweat. It’s a lesson definitely driven home during National Novel Writing Month. Everybody writes differently, but it seems to me that one of the reasons why cranking out 50,000 words in 30 days is so sweat-worthy is because it’s too … More Writing is 99 percent sweat… so don’t sweat it