Write, But Don’t Forget To Live


Writer's life, Writing

As a writer I have many goals, but that doesn’t mean Life won’t sneak up behind me and give me a high five. In my face. With a chair. It’s inevitable that I get swept up in my stories, but that’s the same for my day job. I’m an English teacher and I like what […]

March 11, 2018

What Makes Writing A Hell


Writer's life, Writing

Finishing a novel. Sounds easy, right? Sure. Just as easy as pulling out someone’s teeth when you’re not a dentist. Well, maybe it is easier if you don’t know what you’re doing, but that’s definitely not the case when you’re writing. Your characters will punch you in the face. It’s not just the plot that […]

March 7, 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