It does an incredible disservice to women to say that the only way we can be strong is if we can drive a knife through someone’s ribs without batting an eyelash or if we can strike a punching bag hard enough to send it swinging. Are characters like this strong? Absolutely. But they are not the only ones.
The holidays aren’t always an easy time for creatives. This season is busy, busy, busy. There are gifts to buy, parties to attend, cookies to eat. For me, it’s not easy to find time to write, and that can mean spiralling into guilt about not being able to hit my daily word count or the… Continue reading Writing Over the Holidays
Let’s be honest, we all have those evenings when we have the best intentions to write, but we somehow end up neck-deep in a marathon of the extended editions of Lord of the Rings. Seriously, it happens to the best of us. But instead of falling into a spiral of guilt about how we spent… Continue reading How a Movie Night Can Actually Deepen Your Writing
Ah, first drafts. Where characters are born just to die in revisions. Where plot threads are strung together only to end up in a tangled knot by the time you type “THE END”. I, for one, refer to my first draft as my “trash fire” draft because it’s just that bad. But hang on, is… Continue reading Conquering Your First Draft
Look, we hate to break it to you, but writing is not easy. Sure, there will be those times when words fly out of your fingertips and you ride that wave of inspiration all the way to the end of the paragraph, scene, chapter, or maybe even manuscript. For the most part though, there are… Continue reading Treat Yo Self: Writer Edition
Ah, mid-October, that beautiful time of pumpkin spice lattes and…panic? My friends, welcome to the two weeks before NaNoWriMo. The air is crackling with the promise of blank pages and undiscovered worlds. If you’re anything like me though, there’s probably a mixture of dread and anticipation twisting up your stomach as the days until November… Continue reading How to Make the Most Out of the NaNoWriMo Community
I think it’s time to redefine our relationship with the shelf. You know the shelf I’m talking about? The one that fills you with dread anytime you think about the heaps of ideas and bundles of manuscripts you’ve sent there to gather dust, their pages growing brittle with age? For a long time, I thought… Continue reading How I Became a Better Writer…By Shelving My Manuscript