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

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

The Power of Daydreaming


Writer's life, Writing

As a child, and I suppose as an adult as well, daydreaming is kind of frowned upon. It is a sign of being frivolous and it is encouraged that one is always firmly set in this world. Well, I never got that. This world can be pretty boring, or annoying, or stressful. There are so […]

February 11, 2018

Motivation, You Evil Temptress!


Writer's life, Writing

The Writer sits behind her laptop, biting her nails and compulsively checking her email. It has been a few weeks since she queried two agents. When will they get back at her? And there it is, the ping of DREAD. Because the ping could be the doorway that leads to all her dreams, or it […]

February 11, 2018

New Story High


Writer's life, Writing

That first tingle of excitement you get when a new story falls onto your keyboard. With trembling fingers you write the words, excited by these new characters, the thrilling story. Like an obsession, you keep writing deep into the night until you realise you have to get up early in the morning. But…you have to […]

February 11, 2018