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

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

Being A Confident Writer


Writer's life, Writing

It’s funny. We live in a world that demands perfection, but when we seem proud of our achievements we’re arrogant. Arrogance is bad. Perfection is good. Well, what if that so-called arrogance is in fact confidence? Confidence is good, right? It’s important in life to have faith in yourself, because if you don’t, who will? […]

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