Be Your Own Dragon


Writer's life

They say dragons don’t exist, but words can be deceiving. What one might think of when picturing a dragon, is not what someone else will think of. Some people may see a monster, a miracle, or both. I see perseverance and strength. The other day I heard about someone who had been told that they’d […]

February 23, 2018

Why Writing Can Keep You Sane


Writer's life, Writing

This world can be so demanding, crazy, and horrible. Plus, the grass is always greener on the other side. Sometimes we wish for different lives, for different bodies, and to have other people around us. Don’t tell my cat I said that. She thinks she’s a person. We don’t have magic wands that can alter […]

February 17, 2018

Why I’m Not A Fan Of Cliffhangers


Reading, Writing

You’re reading a good book; you care about the characters, you feel with them, and you are completely immersed in their world, empathetic to their problems. Great. But then you are beginning to run out of pages and the climax is yet to happen, or worse, there’s a major plot twist after the climax and […]

February 14, 2018

Some Stories Write Themselves


Writer's life, Writing

This the dream, right? When writing a novel you want it to be a joyous walk in the park. An adventure that sweeps you away and delivers you home feeling breathless and somewhat in love, like a really good date. You don’t want it to be like labour, pushing the novel out one painful chapter […]

February 12, 2018

Writing My Characters


Writer's life, Writing, Writing tips

Recently I got a question about how I write my characters. Since I write character-driven stories, characters are important. They have to be real, complex, and relatable. I never put pen to paper if I don’t know who they are. If I haven’t had a shrink session with them in my head, then I can’t […]

February 12, 2018

Do Not Give Up


Writer's life, Writing

Nobody who has ever written thought that writing is easy. When on top of the desire to write, you also have a desire to get published, it’s even harder. It’s like climbing a mountain while being pulled back on an invisible string every now and then. Every finished novel is a personal victory, but life […]

February 11, 2018

Plan Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself


Writer's life, Writing

Nothing can be as motivating as to actually write down what you want and what you’re going to do to achieve it. Writing in itself is an easy goal. You sit down, you write. Getting published is another story. It is a story that contains a lot of conflict and the resolution isn’t in sight […]

February 11, 2018