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

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