5 signs you need to fire your Muse

If you sit down to write that first chapter or the first scene in your epic short story, and any of these five scenes come dripping out of your pen, stop! Fire your muse, they are failing you. 1) you start writing a “weather report” (it’s a sunny day/raining/wind blowing, etc.); 2) your character is in a…

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

Inspiration, comes, unexpectedly! My current life focus is finding my muse in everyday life. Writer’s block is crushing. Coming up with ideas for story writing can sometimes feel impossible, like everything that was ever worth saying, has been said, ad nauseam. The creative vanishes from your creative writing and you end up staring at an endlessly pulsing…

Wabi-Sabi for writers or finding inspiration in an imperfect world

Your life is dull and boring. Nothing ever happens. Nothing inspires you to write. Sound familiar? When we think of the life of other writers, we often imagine them having amazing adventures and experiences. We see them sitting on the tops of mountain peaks thinking deep transcendental thoughts, while overlooking stunning dawns or expressive sunsets….

A look back at my 2016 Work-Life Goals

Health Goals, Writing Goals, Family Goals and Quality of Life, oh my! How am I ever going to find balance in all of that? This time last year I ditched the “New Year Resolutions” schtick, and instead opted for long term goals focussed in specific areas of my life. I didn’t want to make vague…

NaNoWriMo 2016 Word Count Badges

I made some little NaNoWriMo word count badges to keep me motivated. Please feel free to use them and share them around.

It’s NaNoWriMo time again

  Yep, another year has flown by and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is once again upon us. I’ve updated my writing goal calendar for 2016, you can find the PDF links bellow. The generally accepted recommendation is to do 1667 words per day, while this is a great target generally, I find that Nano…

Rock The Vault: Celebrating The Urban And Rural Setting Thesaurus Duo

Becca and Angela, authors of the Emotion Thesaurus, and Positive and Negative Trait Thesauri are back with their new duo the Settings Thesauri. As we storytellers sit before the keyboard to craft our magic, we’re usually laser-focused on the two titans of fiction: plot and character. There’s a third element that impacts almost every aspect…

5 ways writers use Instagram

  Photo prompts, these are great fun. Some are one-off like #maythe4thbewithyou and others will run for an entire month like#BooktoberFest Create your own prompt, it’s allowed. Look at how others are doing it, join in a few and then launch your own. Pick a topic that will bring in people relevant to your interest/theme etc, not…

5 ways writers use Twitter

Hashtag search, you can find a great range of topics to read about and engage in this way Twitter Chats – #IndieChat, #CreativeCoffeeHour, and #StorySocial to name a few Don’t just repost blog articles, try for something more personal like hey .@blotsandspots loved your point about tweeting conversation links Get involved in the conversation, talk to people,…

5 Twitter chats you shouldn’t be missing

    Being a writer can be a lonely occupation, especially if you work from home and your muse decides to take a nap whilst abandoning you in a remote part of New Zealand, all alone. It can become impossible to meet like-minded people, especially fellow writers in such a setting. If you find yourself cut-off…

10 reasons why I’m #notwriting

We all want to fill our social networks with #amwriting. That legendary hashtag that tells the world we are neck deep in prose, digging into the psyches of our characters and refining our scenes, however, far too often we find our muse has left the building, not note, no forwarding address. Here are 10 reasons…

The Write Space

Stephen King wrote his first two books squeezed up beside a washing machine, in a trailer, balancing a child’s desk and a typewriter on his lap. Octavia Butler began writing in a big pink notebook, and Neil Gaiman has a swoon-worthy gazebo. Ernest Hemmingway converted an old carriage house and J.M. Barry completed Peter Pan on…