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…

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…

Scene and Sequel method: an infographic

So I was playing around in Canva recently and thought I’d try my hand at a little infographic. This is a printable that highlights the key cycle used for the Scene & Sequel story structure writing method.   Download link: Scenes and Sequel story structure   Click to tweet:    

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? It’s safe to say that my health issues have trumped every other concern, desire or passion in my life for this last year (ok so most of the last decade or…

My summer reading list

I’ve had a wonderful holiday to Australia this past month and took the time to indulge in many glorious hours of reading. I’ve enjoyed the books I devoured over the last four weeks so much that I thought I’d share them here (in reverse order of reading): And the Mountains Echoed by Hosseini, Khaled The Night…

Musical muse

Many authors swear by music to sooth the savage beast that is their muse. Some folks change their tunes based on the mood or genre of the piece. Switching things from death metal to celtic ballads can mean all the difference in how they write a scene. One member told us that while she wrote…

NaNoWriMo Calendars

Planning on doing NaNoWriMo 2015? Then you need a calendar to count off those days and, more importantly, that word count. I’ve created two printable calendars that will help you win NaNo2015. The first calendar is your default 1667 words per day. This is your NaNo stock-standard word count goal. You can check off the…