Editing Is Not Writing

Editing Is Not Writing

Almost every author I have met who has started a novel that is not yet finished is making the same mistake: They are all bogged down at around chapter 4 or 5. Why? Because they are editing everything as they go. Dotting every T, crossing every ‘i’ and writing and...
Will it look like you wanted it to?

Will it look like you wanted it to?

I have just learned a massive writing lesson. The novel I spent more than 5 years working on needs an amount of work that, as my editor puts it, is just not worth it in terms of productivity. Simply put, from a professional, publishing point of view, the book just...
9 out of ten readers are NOTHING like you imagined

9 out of ten readers are NOTHING like you imagined

Something I have heard a lot from writers is a statement or statements that are variations on one a lot like this: “But the audience I am writing for won’t feel that way about this…” Firstly, WOW! You’ve done a lot of market research. Secondly, WTF are you writing? A...
There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block

There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block

There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block There Is No Such Thing As Writer’s Block Wake up. Write. Observe. Think, reflect. Sleep Repeat There Is...
Improve This Skill For Better Writing

Improve This Skill For Better Writing

Critical thinking skills are not something that modern schools in most of the world are big on. It’s either learning things off by heart or being swayed by someone or other’s opinion. Teaching our kids how to actually reason: how to break an idea down, follow it to...
The 15-Minute Challenge

The 15-Minute Challenge

It goes like this: Sit down at your computer, with your note book. Clear your mind. Take a deep breath. Now, think about what you’re going to write about today. Write down the first sentence or idea that pops into your head. Read it twice. Now, start writing...