Category: Writing

Planning 101 0

Planning 101

Just a quick one today – planning is an issue most freelancers struggle with.  I’ve got a huge issue with planning, simply because I can’t.  I use Achieve Planner most of the time, by Effexis, because it’s a solid program and helps me focus on what I’m actually supposed to be doing.  Well…most of the […]

My writing process – introduction 0

My writing process – introduction

A couple of years ago, I got into a dual discussion, one on my LiveJournal, and one on a mailing list I was with, about ‘how I wrote everything I did’.  A lot of the writers that were in those places weren’t sure I was being entirely honest, entirely fair, or entirely ‘living in the […]

Where would you be comfortable? 0

Where would you be comfortable?

Comfort, especially as a writer, is a funny thing.
Lots of people say that they’d be comfortable earning lots of money, and doing the things they love.  Others are sure it’s not about the money, but want to share something with the world.
But how much of that is about actual comfort, and how much is expectation […]

Truly, madly, deeply 0

Truly, madly, deeply

There’s something comforting about pidgeonholes.  For a start you know where you’re supposed to be.  And in a world that likes to spend it’s time categorising and deciding where we belong, knowing where you *are*, especially as a writer, is golden.
It means you can decide where to market yourself.  Know where to spend your time […]

Is your sleep costing you your creativity? 0

Is your sleep costing you your creativity?

I’m a parent. I know what it feels like to burn the midnight oil, at both ends and then crash and burn.
But recent studies suggest that without a regular sleep pattern, those of us with careers as writers could actually be damaging our writing ability.
How?
Well, apparently, there’s a couple of studies kicking around out […]

Stories are like new shoes 0

Stories are like new shoes

You find a pair that fit like a dream, but are going to be a pain in the butt to break in. You gotta ask yourself, is it worth it?

The five most alluring words in the English Language 0

The five most alluring words in the English Language

I don’t remember exactly where I saw this, but the words, quickly, naturally, easily, instantly, and freely have an odd effect on people. They cause them to percieve your copy as both upbeat and ‘honest’ and therefore makes it easier to associate postively with them, which in turn COULD boost your sales message.
(from the […]