What should drive you?

I’ve written a couple of times about whether “you’re good enough” or “why you should write“, but perhaps more importantly… what should be your motivation? What should drive you to write? This will, of course, differ from person to person, but I think there’s a couple of things that should be common to all formsContinue reading “What should drive you?”

Burnout: it’s real, and it can affect anyone

In this blog, I’ve already talked about my thoughts on “writer’s block” in my article titled How to Write a Book. Today, however, I thought I’d address something else that’s bound to affect us all from time to time — and in this case, I’m not just talking about writers. Burnout. The first time IContinue reading “Burnout: it’s real, and it can affect anyone”

How often should I write?

It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? The question on every new writer’s lips: how much should I write per month, per week, per day…? It’s a question that arises out of a lack of experience, and a lack of true confidence, and there’s nothing wrong with either of those things — they’re perfectly natural. ButContinue reading “How often should I write?”

Ideas: Not as Rare as You Think

You know who has ideas? Everybody. Every damned day. Many writers tend to put a huge amount of emphasis on their ideas. They carry little notebooks with them everywhere. They sleep with a notebook beside the bed. I mean — what if you have an amazing idea and you forget to write it down? Shock,Continue reading “Ideas: Not as Rare as You Think”

The “Plotter vs Pantser” debate is silly

If you’ve been hanging around writer circles for a while, you’ve probably heard the topic come up – “which are you, Plotter or Pantser?” My answer is, invariably, it doesn’t matter. But before I get to that – and to why I find the whole damned topic infuriating – perhaps some definitions are required. AContinue reading “The “Plotter vs Pantser” debate is silly”

Beware Vanity Press and Predatory “Self Publishing” Companies

I am just about to publish my first novel, and I’ve done the whole thing myself (with, of course, help for cover design, editing, and typesetting). However, over the last 12 months, I’ve also done a hell of a lot of research into publishing, and looked into a number of organisations that promised to helpContinue reading “Beware Vanity Press and Predatory “Self Publishing” Companies”