Here at T&F, we’re all about refilling that creative well. A lot of my time outside of writing is spent listening to hours upon hours of podcasts. Much like reading and watching TV or movies, podcasts are super helpful for research, writing motivation, storytelling, and generally having a good time. Without further ado, here’s my… Continue reading Podcasts to Refuel Your Creative Well
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.
Earlier this year, I finished an entire (messy) draft in single POV. It was the quickest I’d ever written a draft, but yet it felt wrong. I loved every element of my protagonist’s personality, but it felt like she was the sum of multiple characters. As a result, her goals were pulling her in different… Continue reading Why I Switched to Dual POV
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
Finishing a first draft can be both exciting and terrifying, but it’s worthy of celebration. YOU DID IT! The characters and worlds you’ve spun on the page are a living, breathing story. Go get yourself a glass of something bubbly, I’ll wait. Now here’s the hard truth: When you re-read your manuscript, you’ll find the… Continue reading You’ve Written a First Draft…Now What?
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
Here’s the truth: writing is not nearly as isolating as it once was. While some of us wish it was easier to sequester ourselves away in an isolated picturesque cabin to write, being a writer now, especially with the advent of social media, means we have a massive community available to us—whenever and wherever. While… Continue reading I, Introvert: A Writing + Self-Care Guide
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
Last week, we talked about how to make the most of the NaNoWriMo community. But what about the actual writing bit? Both Sarah and I have participated in NaNoWriMo a handful of times and have been around the block in terms of testing out different tools for success each November. So grab a cup of… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Tools for Success